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Celebrating Direct Support Professionals: Sept. 8-14 is DSP Recognition Week

To honor the direct support workforce and the tremendous difference they make each day in the lives of Angela Walker Benny Benjamin2millions of Americans with disabilities, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed the week of September 8-14, 2013 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) maintain trusted relationships with millions of people with disabilities they support each day. We recognize the people we support at Monarch are more likely to succeed when experienced, motivated staff provides stable and compatible support.

“The successes of many of the people Monarch supports come from our talented and caring direct support staff,” said Dr. Peggy Terhune, Monarch CEO. “These key staff members are important to the agency’s success and we are very proud of the work and sacrifices they make every day.”

Direct support professionals enable people with disabilities to live in their own communities by assisting them with their daily affairs and intimate needs: medications, meals, dressing, mobility, vocational training, respite care and other in-home services. As recognition week is observed, please take some time to demonstrate how much you appreciate our direct support team and the tremendous differences they make in people’s and families’ lives.

Did you know? DSP Workforce Facts

• More than 300,000 Americans with disabilities are languishing on waiting lists for desperately needed services. The average wait is 8-10 years.
• By 2020, an estimated 1.2 million DSPs will be needed to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an increase of 37 percent or roughly 323,000 jobs.
• DSP turnover averages 38 percent in the private sector compared with 15 percent among their state-employed counterparts. High turnover greatly reduced the consistency and quality of supports received by people with disabilities.

Facts Source: NADSP

Pictured above: Angela Walker, developmental specialist in Albemarle, with Benny Benjamin, who attend's Monarch's Stanly Industrial Services day program.

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