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WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the primary providers of publicly-funded, long-term support, and service for millions of people with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, DSPs provide their clients with daily living assistance that fosters a stable environment for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities; and
WHEREAS, DSPs build close, respectful, and trusted relationships with their clients, families, and community; and
WHEREAS, DSPs are integral to helping individuals with disabilities live successfully in their communities, avoiding more costly institutional care; and
WHEREAS, the participation of DSPs in medical planning integral to a successful transition from medical events to post-acute care and long-term support and services; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes Direct Support Professionals for their hard work and the positive impact they have on one of the most vulnerable populations throughout Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 12-18, 2021, as DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.