May 2020 / Updated September 2020
September 13-19, 2020 is Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week.
Join the movement to recognize those who support you to direct your own services!
Take a selfie.
Write a short sentence about the positive impact that your support professional has on your daily life.
Send the photo and the sentence to
We will post on our Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag: #SaluteOurSupports. Follow us and share.
"I am so blessed to have my loyal caregiver, Jessica, for 18 years and counting. She not only takes care of my daily needs, helps keep me active in the community - she also makes it possible for me to remain in my own home." —Cindy Crissman and her SSP, Jessica
"Latoya gives Colleen the greatest support and choices in her life." —Colleen Costello and her DSP Latoya Anderson, January 2020
"Meet Harlie. My friend of 6 years and the last 3 years my support staff. I'm able to do some amazing things because the support Harlie provides me whether it's making me look good, my dreams to be a mermaid, protests, vacations, helping me use my first credit card or virtual funerals. Harlie is 'mermazing' and I wouldn't be living my life, my way, without her." —Michaelann and her SSP, Harlie
"Ro supports me at home and when I go out with friends. This picture was taken when we went to Disability Pride Day last June." —Frank Leonetti and his DSP, Ro
If you have questions, please contact Jamie at
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 1901PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.
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