Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Direct support professionals, direct care workers, personal assistants, personal attendants, in-home support workers, and paraprofessionals are the primary providers of publicly-funded long term supports and services for millions of individuals; and

Whereas A direct support professional must build a close, trusted relationship with an individual with disabilities and assist that individual with the most intimate needs, on a daily basis; and

Whereas A direct support professional provides essential support to help keep an individual with disabilities connected to the family and community of the individual;

Whereas Direct support professionals enable individuals with disabilities to live meaningful, productive lives and avoid more costly institutional care; and

Whereas There is a critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in every community throughout the United States,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,
Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 9th-15th, 2012 to be,

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS RECOGNITION WEEK

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of August, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts