National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, beginning September 9, 2012, is celebrated annually with special events and ceremonies earmarked to honor the tens of thousands of professionals who make a tremendous difference each day in the lives of millions of individuals with disabilities.

“Direct Support Professionals are an invaluable role in the lives of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities along their life’s journey,” said Paige Domoney, CLASS Director of Community Relations and Development. “CLASS has events planned in Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, and Montgomery counties during the week to honor the direct support workforce in our organization.”

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) assist individuals with developmental disabilities in creating opportunities for growth, meaningful relationships, social inclusion, and lives of distinction. DSP’s to make a difference in an individual’s lives to meet their individualized needs as direct care workers, in-home supports, coaches and attendants to ensure that people with disabilities live happier, healthier, meaningful and inclusive lives in their community.

CLASS’s initiatives aim to continually provide DSPs with quality, affordable, and professional development training designed to enhance care and promote a better quality of life for the individuals we serve.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that one million new DSPs will be needed by 2016. Of those, 38 percent (388,538) will be for personal and home care aide positions, which is the category where DSP positions are most often included.

CLASS is a not-for-profit organization providing services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in Southeast Kanas. CLASS lives strongly and passionately by the belief that each individual has the ability to live a rewarding, fulfilling, and meaningful life. CLASS’s wide range of innovative services and supports are available through their offices in Columbus, Pittsburg, Parsons, Coffeyville, and Independence, Kansas.

For more information contact:

Paige Domoney, Director of Community Relations and Development

CLASS

1200 Merle Evans Drive

Post Office Box 266

Columbus, Kansas 66725

620-429-1212 ext. 106

paige.domoney@classltd.org

www.classltd.org