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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
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.
The Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program is allowing more seniors to direct their own care in their own homes. The Society of Certified Senior Advisors talks about this program is helping senior citizens re-enter the community and regain their independence.
After living for three years in a nursing home following a stroke, Gail, 78, went through his life savings paying for the nursing home and eventually qualified for Medicaid. He had always wanted to and intended to move back home, but his condition required that he stay in the nursing home. His ex-wife, Sue, and a social worker at the nursing home informed him about a program called “Money Follows the Person” (MFP), which supports efforts to move institutionalized individuals back home.
In 2009, MFP enabled Gail to move into Sue’s house because she is his main care provider. The program allotted $1,500 for home services, modifications to the home in the form of ramps and a handicap accessible bathroom, 16 hours of personal care services each month, and attendance at adult day care each day. Gail’s health has remained steady, he is able to enjoy more of a routine life, and he is able to get the care he needs at home while surrounded by friends and family.
Google Glass is a revolutionary new device that combines a wearable computer with a head-up-display and voice control. Google Glass can be programmed to perform a number of tasks, many of which promise to be very useful for people with disabilities.
For instance, a young programmer/entrepreneur in Stanford has created a facial recognition programmer that helps people with autism recognize and respond to other people’s emotions via Google Glass’s onboard camera and computer.
“As you slip on the Google Glass frames – placing them carefully over your own eyeglasses – you’re told they can read the emotions of the people around you.
These Google Glass frames run an experimental application cooked up by the person you’re looking at – the guy who keeps moving from happiness to surprise and back again. His name is Catalin Voss, and he’s all of 18 years old.
With help from Google Glass, Voss and his co-founder, Jonathan Yan, hope to create a face-tracking engine that can help people to better recognize and understand the expressions and emotions of others. The tool would be a natural for treating autism and related disorders.”
“It’s been 18 years since Tammie Lou Van Sant held a camera. But nearly two decades after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Van Sant is shooting again – thanks to a device that could be part of technology’s next big trend.
Google’s Glass headset, which connects to users’ smartphones and displays information on a screen that hovers above one eye, is the first of what analysts say may be a new trend of wearable technology – headsets, watches, fitness trackers and other devices that are worn, rather than slipped into a pocket”
Over the last few decades, devices such as motorized wheelchairs and TDD phones have allowed people to increase their independence and freedom and rely less on those around them for their basic day-to-day needs. Now with Google Glass, the convenience and features of a smartphone are now within the reach of a much wider audience, allowing people with disabilities new ways to share their lives and interact with others.
A 50 year woman with Down’s Syndrome will be allowed to choose her own guardian rather than stay in a group home against her will.
Margaret Jean “Jenny” Hatch, of Hampton Roads, Virginia, had been living under the guardianship of her parents who had placed her in a series of group homes against her will, while Jenny preferred to live with friends and work in a local thrift store.
The Washington Post reported that the case was about an individual’s right to choose how to live, the rights of people with disabilities and the government’s ability to help integrate people with disabilities into the community.
Jenny and her friends were very pleased with the court’s decision, ““For anyone who has been told you can’t do something, you can’t make your own decisions, I give you Jenny Hatch — the rock that starts the avalanche”, said her attorney Jonathan Mortinis.
Circuit Judge David F. Pugh ruled that Jenny’s friends Jim Talbert and Kelly Morris, who Jenny had been staying with and run the thrift store where Jenny works, have guardianship for a year and then must help her become more independent.
“Free at last,” Hatch said as she left the courtroom, “I’m going home. I’m so happy to be going home today. I deserve to be home. I love my family, I love my friends, and I deserve to be home with them.”