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Resolved, That the Senate–

 (1) designates the week beginning September 8, 2013, as ‘National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week’;

 (2) recognizes the dedication and vital role of direct support professionals in enhancing the lives of individuals of all ages with disabilities;

(3) appreciates the contribution of direct support professionals in supporting the needs that are beyond the capacities of millions of families in the United States;

 (4) commends direct support professionals as integral in supporting the long-term support and services system of the United States; and 

(5) finds that the successful implementation of the public policies of the United States depends on the dedication of direct support professionals.” 

Read the rest of S.R. 208 at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres208/text 

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HireMyCare.org wants to recognize the skilled Direct Support Professionals who work in direct care. We believe they should be valued, supported for the difference they make in so many lives and recognized for a job well done.

“On behalf of everyone at HireMyCare.org, I would like to thank all of our Caregivers for their hard work and commitment to the the work of caregiving and direct support,” said Lindsey Beagley, director of Business Development at HireMyCare.org. “DSPs are the backbone of our site and make it possible for HireMyCare.org to help people find quality, life-enhancing care to individuals throughout the country.”

Beginning September 9, National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week provides an opportunity to honor and thank DSPs who play a crucial role in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities, temporary illness/injury recovery, veterans disabilities, and aging care needs. According to the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), there are approximately 1.4 million individuals who require professional support in order to live and work on their own and only 875,000 direct support workers. DSP Recognition Week allows all of us at HireMyCare.org an opportunity to join the nation in raising awareness on the need to create a sustainable direct support workforce as well as honor and recognize them for the tremendous difference they make in the lives of the people they work with.

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Looking for someone to help provide in-home care? HireMyCare.org is there 24/7, 365 days a year to help you find qualified caregivers near you. HireMyCare.org isn’t a caregiving agency: We don’t hire caregivers and then loan them out to you: Instead, we put you in charge of recruiting and hiring caregivers in your area that meet your unique scheduling and care needs. We simply provide the online space for your to search!

If you’re a Care Seeker who hires caregivers via HireMyCare.org in your home, you need to be aware that you become the legal Employer of Record. This means that you are required to abide by all local, state and Federal employment regulations, including Equal Opportunity laws.

For example, 10 states and over 50 municipalities have passed the so-called “Ban the Box” laws, which prohibit employers from asking about criminal history on the application form, prior to the first interview, or in some cases at any point before a conditional offer of employment is made. The purpose of such laws is to give job applicants a chance to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and to explain their criminal history during an interview. Please determine whether you are accountable to this law by searching for your state or locality in this PDF from the National Employment Law Project: http://nelp.3cdn.net/495bf1d813cadb030d_qxm6b9zbt.pdf

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