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For Immediate Release

Celebrate Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 13, 2021

For Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, as every week, Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati celebrates and recognizes all the hard work of its staff.

DSPs are professionals who work directly with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to support them in living their best lives. At Easterseals, we couldn't reach our mission to break down barriers without them.

Easterseals would like to highlight several of our disability service programs and the professionals who make them possible.

Adult Day Services offers adults and seniors the opportunity to live, earn, work and play as an important part of their own communities.

staff from adult day services  staff from adult day services

Work & Grow provides job coaching and development for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with neighborhood hubs offering a small group environment and work and volunteer experiences.

staff from work & grow   staff from work & grow

Through Project SEARCH, Easterseals works with a number of school and business partners to assist transition-age high school students with developmental disabilities to complete their studies and get real-life job experience through internships at local businesses.

Staff from Project SEARCH

Our Community Employment job developers and job coaches work on the front lines to assist and support individuals in making their employment dreams come true. Each staff member is dedicated to developing each individual's vocational strength to pave the way for long-term employment.

staff from easterseals community employment  staff from easterseals job development

Thank you for all you do!

Easterseals also recognizes that these professionals can’t do their jobs without proper federal funding. This week, Easterseals CEO Angela F. Williams called on Congress to fund home and community-based services (HCBS) at the proposed $400 billion level. These services are essential to our country’s infrastructure. This funding represents the solid building blocks needed for a better future.

Read Angela’s open letter here, and call your Congressperson to urge them to fund HCBS on behalf of millions of people with disabilities, seniors and their caregivers.

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