9/12/2017 10:20:00 AM Highlands Officials Sign Proclamation For Direct Support Professional Week
DSP WEEK — This week is being observed as Direct Support Professional Week in the Alleghany Highlands. Representatives from the four local governing bodies met recently with DSPs from Alleghany Highlands Community Services to sign the proclamation. Seated, from left: James Griffith, Alleghany County Board of Supervisors member; Jeff Irvine, Clifton Forge Town Council member; Tom Sibold, Covington mayor; Randy Unroe, Iron Gate Town Council member. Standing: Taylor Ginger, Susan Fridley, Kayla Douglas, Erin Kirby, Ly’chelle Lewis, Polly Potter, Renae Burks. (Gavin Dressler Photo)
The Alleghany Highlands Community Services, along with the four governing bodies of the Alleghany Highlands, are currently recognizing Direct Support Professionals Week.
Representatives from Alleghany County, the city of Covington and the towns of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate met recently to sign the proclamation which officially recognized the week of Sept. 10-16 as Direct Support Professionals Week.
The week is celebrated annually across the country to honor the work of DSPs who provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.
Alleghany Highlands Community Services currently employs 55 Direct Support Professionals amongst four program areas, including Friendship Group Home, Residential In-Home, Merryfield ICF and Day Support Services.
Direct Support Professionals are the primary providers of publicly-funded long term support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and intellectual disabilities.
Direct Support Professionals build close, respectful and trusted relationships with individuals, and empower people with disabilities to lead lives of their choosing, including helping them build strong relationships to remain connected to friends, family and their community.
In addition, DSPs aid individuals by listening to their dreams and help them learn skills to live the lives they choose.
Personal care assistance, day to day life skills, employment support and components of health care are all a large part of the service delivery provided by the DSPs.
There is a critical growing shortage for DSP positions throughout the United States.
It is important to create awareness of how valuable these services are to the communities they serve.
Alleghany Highlands Community Services recognizes and thanks all of their Direct Support Professionals for their dedication to the individuals in our communities.