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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 8-14, 2013, as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in the Sta...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim September 8-14, 2013, as Direct Support Professionals Recogni-
tion Week in the State of New York

WHEREAS, Direct support workers, direct care workers, personal assist-
ants, personal attendants, in-home support workers and paraprofessionals
(referred to in this Preamble as "direct support professionals") are the
primary providers of publicly funded long-term supports and services for
thousands of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Direct support professionals first allegiance is to the
person they support; they must build a close, trusted relationship with
an individual with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, In 2013, the majority of direct support professionals are
employed in home and community based settings and this trend is project-
ed to increase over the decade; and
WHEREAS, A direct support professional assists an individual with
disabilities with the most intimate needs, on a daily basis, including a
broad range of supports such as preparation of meals; helping with medi-
cations; bathing; dressing; mobility; getting to school, work, religious
and recreational activities; and general daily affairs; and
WHEREAS, A direct support professional is responsible for supporting
the emotional, physical and personal well-being of individuals receiving
support, helping to keep an individual with disabilities connected to
the family and community of the individual; and
WHEREAS, Direct support professionals enable individuals with disabil-
ities to live self-directed, meaningful and productive lives; they are
the key to allowing an individual with disabilities to live more
successfully in the community; and
WHEREAS, Direct support professionals respect the human dignity and
uniqueness of the people they support; they advocate with the people
they support, promoting their human rights, their civil rights and
responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body appreciates the contribution of direct
support professionals in supporting the needs that reach beyond the
capacities of the families in the State of New York, and further recog-
nizes them as integral in supporting the long-term support and services
system in this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body finds the successful implementation of
the public policies of the State of New York depends on the dedication
of direct support professionals; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 8-14, 2013,
as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in the State of New
York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative

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