On July 31, led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating the week beginning September 8 as “National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.” This year’s resolution marks the sixth consecutive year of recognition by the U.S. Senate for this essential workforce.

Senate Resolution 208 recognizes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for their commitment to supporting individuals and promoting community-inclusion for individuals with disabilities of all ages.

“Families across America depend on the hard work of Direct Support Professionals who provide an invaluable service to millions living with disabilities, seniors, and people with chronic conditions. I am proud to honor these men and women who do so much to improve their clients’ quality of life and keep community bonds strong,” said Senator Cardin.

“Direct support professionals work tirelessly every day of the year administering skilled and compassionate care to seniors and individuals with disabilities,” Senator Collins said.  “I commend the important work carried out by direct support professionals that allows these individuals to stay connected with their community and their families, and I am pleased to have supported a resolution honoring all that these professionals do to help those in their care live meaningful and productive lives.”