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Letter: Direct service professionals deserve to be paid a fair wage

Direct service professionals deserve to be paid a fair wage

There are some unsung heroes in our community in a profession that many people don’t even know exists. Further, these people are charged with major responsibilities for caring for individuals with a variety of needs, and they are not paid a fair wage.

They are direct service professionals (DSPs) and they work for the many not-for-profit agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities here in Western New York. Because the rates are set by the government, they are not getting the increases they deserve.

As parents of a young man, Craig, with Down syndrome, it was a very difficult decision to have others care for our loved one when he moved out. However, the dedicated and compassionate people who are providing support for Craig are doing an exemplary job. Many DSPs provide help with mobility, bathing, feeding, behavior support, medication and lots more.

Our governor needs to provide the leadership needed to increase their rates to right this wrong. See #bFair2DirectCare.

Max and Joyce Donatelli

Hamburg

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