This week all disability agencies are celebrating National Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week. I think on a regular basis we strive to have our staff experience how much their dedicated, compassionate service means to us, and more importantly, to the men and women with developmental disabilities that are supported through our programs. But this week is set aside nationally to recognize and show gratitude towards all those persons that work directly with individuals with disabilities, assisting them to accomplish their goals.
I began working in this field over forty years ago as a direct care staff, and I’m so glad that I did. That experience has given me strong insights into the numerous duties that our staff are responsible for, and a deep appreciation for the fine group of direct support professionals that we have working at our agency. I’m very touched and inspired by the committed care provided by these staff, especially given many of these individuals are also providing upkeep and provision for their own families.
I encourage anyone reading this blog to reach out to any persons they know that are caring for individuals with special needs, thank them, and let them know how much their efforts mean!