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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Can You Spare A Minute To Help Amy Brooks?

Help address our workforce crisis

Establish a Direct Support Professional Standard Occupational Classification

Although people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are often referred to as the “most vulnerable” in our population, over the past 20 years many have been fully participating in their communities, living in integrated settings, and seeking meaningful employment. Much of this progress can be attributed to the tireless work of roughly 1.3 million Direct Support Professionals, who wear numerous hats providing medical support, advancing community inclusion, facilitating services, providing emotional support, ensuring health and safety, and much, much more. Despite this unique and critical skill set, Direct Support Professionals receive an average hourly wage of just $10.72 per hour – well below the federal poverty level for a family of four.

To read more on this story, click here: Can You Spare A Minute To Help Amy Brooks?


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