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Recognizing Direct Support Professionals

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

To the Editor:

The week of September 13th-19th, 2020 is a time of celebration at Horizons Unlimited. It is a special time to recognize the Direct Support Professional and the amazing work that they do.

During the National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, the National Alliance of Direct Support (NADSP) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living from the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, will be holding its first ever virtual event “From Praise to Promise”. This virtual event is completely free.

The theme “From Praise to Promise” offers a mix of recognition and gratitude for DSPs, along with concrete steps and proven best practices that can be implemented across the human services field. This has the potential to elevate the status of DSPs, involving how they’re acknowledged, empowered, and supported. Throughout the week they will be hosting keynotes, breakouts, panel presentations and the John F. Kennedy Jr. Award.

Horizons Unlimited employs over 40 Direct Support Professionals who provide support to adults with disabilities in a way that is person-centered. They empower individuals to make their own decisions and collaborate with the person they’re supporting.

It is a rewarding career requiring a skilled professional with a caring heart. Horizons Unlimited is truly privileged to have a wonderful caring support team. The week-long festivities highlight the important work of direct support professionals nationwide

This week showcases the amazing and often unsung work of these incredible professionals, and marks just a small fraction of the recognition that they deserve throughout the year.

For more information about the virtual event “From Praise to Promise”, please visit NADSP’S Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NADSPINC/

(signed) Lori Morey

Horizons Unlimited, Emmetsburg, IA