Senate Resolution 228 designates the week beginning September 14, 2009,
as “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week”.
(View SR 228)
Salute to Our Staff - Honoring Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at Step By Step, Inc. and Throughout the Nation
In September, Step By Step, Inc. and communities across the nation will
pause to honor a critical segment of our workforce. The U.S. Senate has
declared the week of September 14, 2009 as National Direct Support
Professional Recognition Week. On behalf of Step By Step’s board of
directors, management and administrative staff, we recognize our dedicated
service staff for the quality supports provided to over a thousand
Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
Our mission statement recognizes all employees as our most valuable
resource because each and every one of you is vital to the work performed
on behalf of our consumers. As a result of your dedication, skill and
commitment, children receive support at home and in school classrooms;
individuals with mental illness receive rehabilitative services and
encouragement to believe in recovery and the ability to lead meaningful
lives. Your efforts have given people with developmental disabilities
the ability to leave institutions, live in the community and enjoy simple
pleasures such as working, worshiping, and socializing in a neighborhood.
As professionals, you do not receive the recognition you truly deserve.
You are known by a variety of names: direct service workers, direct care
workers, direct support workers, home health aides, personal services aides,
long-term care aides, to name a few. No matter the reference, you offer a
wide range of supportive services on a daily basis so that individuals with
developmental and other types of disabilities can live and work in their
Among the many services you as a DSP provide are: habilitation, health need
fulfillment, personal care and hygiene, employment training, transportation,
recreation, housekeeping and other home management-related tasks. You play
a vital role by promoting independence and inclusion for individuals with
disabilities. Out of respect for your work and dedication to our clients and
profession, we take this opportunity to recognize you for the immeasurable
difference made each day in the lives of people in our care.
All of us at Step By Step, consumers, families and community members across
our 15 counties, say “thank you” for the wonderful work and dedication of our
direct support professionals.
Dr. Debbie Tindell
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
President and CEO
Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer