As a parent, guardian or
advocate of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability, you are
accustomed to using your voice to support your loved one and the services they
need to lead a quality life. During this unprecedented situation created by the
Coronavirus, now is the time to raise our voices in union. As the U.S.
government responds to COVID-19 with financial aid, Direct
Support Professionals have been
forgotten and need our help to remind our legislators of their important
Undoubtably, your loved one has many health care heroes in
his or her life. Direct Support Professionals feel a sincere calling to support
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many ways: They
administer medication, take vital signs, respond to urgent medical situations,
administer tube feedings, conduct speech therapy, memory care and much more. They
are the unsung heroes and essential health care workers that so many people
with disabilities depend on every day. Now is the time that these workers need
What you can do
Bethesda closely monitors federal and state legislative activity and right now, COVID-19 relief bills are being passed without support for DSPs. Visit Bethesda’s Advocacy page for up-to-date information about this and complete the online petition telling Congress to include DSPs in these important bills. Make your voice heard!
Together we can make a
difference. Please act now and encourage others to do the same.