DSP Recognition Week 2020 – Celebrating Direct Support Professionals

Recognizing Direct Support Professionals for DSP Week 2020

Every September, we recognize the determination, compassion, and strength of DSPs! This week is all about the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who help us out with all of the countless things that they do. 

Thank you to all the DSPs who help people with disabilities! You have been working with us on so much, and we really appreciate it. You dedicate your time to help others in need. All of you have helped out in one way or another. Whether you are just starting, have been working in this field for a while, or used to be a DSP.

With all that has been going on in the last six months, Covid-19 has both staff and parents worried. Since March, there has been so much scary news surrounding the virus that some DSP workers had to stop working, or didn’t feel safe doing so. This in turn effects other workers because they have to take on more work. DSPs already do so much — but with Covid-19, 2020 has been a more demanding year than ever.

Thankfully, certain types of care services have been able to continue, and more staff have been able to contact the individuals they work with through FaceTime, Zoom, Google Duo, and other video conferencing apps. This has had a big impact on the way DSPs give care. Even with video conferencing calls and Telehealth, though, it’s been a challenge trying to get everyone to change how they do normally do things.

Despite not being able to see each other face-to-face, there are still many ways to say thank you to Direct Support Professionals! From sending a gift card digitally, to mailing out a handwritten letter, and even sharing photos and heartwarming stories on social media — with a little creativity, there are lots of options for recognizing DSPs and thanking them for all the support they have given over the years. 

I have a DSP worker who lives around the Garden City area. He has been working with me for about five years. He helps me with my independent living skills, and various other skills as well. He is very dedicated to helping me. Thank you, Alvin! 

I can’t give enough thanks to all of the DSPs that are helping us accomplish all our goals! In the face of a challenging year, you are really helping out the community, and we appreciate you.

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Written By: Patrick Clare

This blog post was written by a member of the eVero Outreach team. The Outreach program aims to teach individuals with disabilities marketable job skills, and enable them to find gainful employment. To learn more about eVero Outreach, click here.