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#bFair2DirectCare Rally in Albany

Posted on : 12/06/2017

A rally was held on December 6, 2017 at the NYS Capitol in Albany in support of the #bFair2DirectCare initiative. Groups of representatives from Arcs around the state gathered to encourage the Governor to keep his promise made back in March saying "This hand will not sign a budget unless there is $55m in it for DSPs." Long Island Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg held a cake and joined the crowd in wishing Governor Cuomo a Happy Birthday! Weisenberg has spent many years of his life advocating for the people of New York, fighting for change, for the health and betterment of the residents of New York State, and especially, as a voice for those who have no voice. Read about the Assemblyman

Many well know representatives were on hand including New York State Senator Tom Abinanti. He has been a friend and advocates on behalf of the wage issue for direct support professionals. Several self-advocates shared their concerns and let their voices be heard. They want their DSPs to continue to support them and be paid a fair living wage. 

It’s not easy to summarize the work of a DSP. Day to day, they may be responsible for the dressing, transportation and meal preparation of a person they’re supporting. In more complex circumstances, they provide medical administration such as tube feeding, diabetic care or oxygen management. They are also teachers who convey the importance of personal care, money management and behavioral skills. Through it all, they are someone’s communicator or trusted guide.

Most DSPs earn, on average, between $10 and $13 per hour. As you’ll see, this is anything but minimum wage work and DSPs are consummate professionals on the frontlines of our communities. We must continue to have our voices heard and be sure the governor keeps his word.

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