To honor their important role and highlight the growing shortage of DSP’s in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels has declared September 9 – 15, 2012 to be Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.
Passages employs 130 DSP’s in Whitley County. Tom O’Neill, Passages’ President and CEO, stated that “We are pleased to take this week to celebrate the contributions of the DSP’s who work so hard and dedicate themselves to the mission of Passages and to the service of others. Many of our services are provide 24/7/365 and it’s the DSP’s who work so hard to make that happen while providing top quality services.”
“Indiana’s 26,000 DSP’s are making a difference every day in the lives of THOSE they serve,” said Dee Quaglio, President of Direct Support Professionals of Indiana, a professional membership organization of DSP’s focused on development and awareness about their profession. Quaglio went on to state that “DSP’s assist individuals to see beyond their disabilities and help them live meaningful lives within their community. This week is an opportunity to recognize the DSP’s who make dreams into realities for people with disabilities.”
Indiana’s DSP’s will be celebrating Direct Support Professional Recognition Week by increasing awareness of their role in supporting Hoosiers with disabilities and encouraging others to investigate a career in their profession. Indiana’s DSP week coincides with National Direct Support Professional Week.
Direct Support Professionals of Indiana (DSPIN) is a group of DSP’s from around the state interested in creating a positive change and building a qualified workforce through the formation of a state chapter of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
Passages is a member of both the Arc of Indiana – statewide advocacy organization – and the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities – statewide service organization. Both organizations support the Governor’s Proclamation and work to provide increased educational opportunities and professional development for Direct Support Professionals.