WHEREAS, direct support professionals are the primary providers of publicly-funded long term support and services for millions of individuals; and
WHEREAS, direct support professionals must build close, trusted relationships with individuals with disabilities and assist them with various needs on a daily basis; and
WHEREAS, direct support professionals support individuals with disabilities in making choices that lead to meaningful and productive lives; and
WHEREAS, direct support professionals provide essential support to keep individuals with disabilities connected to their families, friends and communities; and
WHEREAS, there is a critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in communities throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, the role of direct support professionals is vital in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the week of September 7 – 13, 2014 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Michigan.