Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2020 is September 13-19! This week is set aside to honor DSPs for the important work they do supporting individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism (ID/A). Follow PAR on social media (Facebook and Twitter) to see what PAR members are doing! If your organization is posting photos of your events make sure you use the hashtag #DSPRW2020 and #SupportMeSupportDSPs.

What is your organization doing for DSP Recognition Week? Share your ideas by emailing them to [email protected] to be featured below! You can use this page to share ideas, learn what other organizations are doing, and get information about DSP Recognition Week.

PAR requested that Governor Wolf declare September 13-19 as DSP Recognition Week! Continuing his tradition, Governor Wolf signed a proclamation recognizing DSP Week and noting the important work that DSPs do. Read PAR's Press Release and the proclamation!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, PAR asked individuals who receive ID/A services and their family members to record short videos to advocate to Governor Wolf and legislators to advocate for COVID-19 relief funding and Personal Protective Equipment for Direct Support Professionals. Please watch the video below from Pennsylvanians advocating for these services and for the Direct Support Professionals who provide them!


What are PAR Members doing to celebrate?

Access Services created short videos featuring their leadership team to recognize DSPs. Their September newsletter featured 'a day in the life' story from a DSP in their In-Home Supports Department. It gave a very personal & relatable testimony of a typical day that DSPs experience.

Direct Care Innovations will be giving away 55 Prizes for National DSP Week to show their appreciation! 

  • 5 Grocery Prizes - $600
  • 50 Darden Gift Cards - $50

Erie Homes for Children and Adults: EHCA celebrated DSP WEEK with giving our fabulous DSP's EHCA Best Place to work t-shirts, face masks and they made a DSP picture tribute album. "Our DSP's are awesome and appreciated!"

Kelsch Associates is excited to celebrate and recognize our DSP's in the following ways:

  1. A daily raffle with 2 winners.  The prizes are $50 gift cards to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Visa, Giant, WaWa, and Happy Dining.
  2. Creating a recognition video filled with photos of our DSPs and individuals and words of thanks from our individuals, administrative team, and family members of individuals we support.
  3. A gift bag for each DSP which will have the following: A special DSP Recognition T-shirt, a drawstring bag with company logo, a water bottle with company logo, a personalized Hershey Bar with our DSP Recognition artwork, and a $10 WaWa gift card.
  4. Posting on our FB page recognizing our DSP's daily.

Martha Lloyd is making custom gift bags and labels for their gift for all DSPs, in addition they will be on Facebook all week with a new raffle each day (let us buy you breakfast or lunch featuring gift cards to local restaurants), gift baskets, and more!

MITC is giving away $10,000 to 31 DSP’s in one batch of $5,000 during DSP Week and another $5,000 at year end. One prize will be $1,000. Another 30, $300 each.

The Arc of Northeastern PA: DSPs are the backbone of The Arc of NEPA so this week is all about celebrating them-virtually! They are giving each staff member an Arc of NEPA T-shirt, cloth mask with their logo, and a $10 McDonalds gift card in lieu of their traditional luncheon. They also have a whole spirit week planned:

  • Motivational Monday-Register for NADSP and the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota's "From Praise to Promise" virtual event.
  • Together Tuesday-Show us how you're spending time with the consumers, whether it's playing a game, cooking a meal, etc.
  • Way Back Wednesday-Dress from your favorite decade
  • Tie-Dye Thursday-Wear your favorite tie-dye clothing
  • Fan Friday-Wear any sports shirt, hat or team jersey that represents your favorite team or sport
  • Staff Squad Saturday-Wear your favorite Arc apparel. 

DSPs are encouraged to share pictures with the HR team and they will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 10 $25 Amazon gift cards.

UCP of Central PA: In early August, UCP of Central PA began soliciting stories from their DSPs telling in their own words why they do what they do… and asking them to share an especially memorable moment. They received 30 submissions, all of which they are posting, in part, on UCP’s various social media platforms throughout the week. They’ve created a dedicated url *UCPDSPSROCK.COM* where they are posting the full story submissions, along with photographs. On the same page, they are also highlighting UCP DSPs who are hitting milestone years of service this year. All 30 DSPs who submitted a story are entered into a daily drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. They are also holding a daily virtual raffle of ALL DSPs for additional gift cards (8-10 winners a day).Their CEO is sending messages daily via office email, Constant Contact and Blackboard Connect, recognizing all the DSPs and sharing the names of the raffle winner. All DSPs will also be receiving a custom lunch box. They will be featuring a recap of DSP RECOGNITION WEEK in their September e-news.