Resolution J3814-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 7-13, 2014, as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in the State of New York

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  • Mar 6, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 6, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim September 7-13, 2014, as Direct Support Professionals  Recogni-
tion Week in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  Direct  support workers, direct care workers, personal assist-
ants, personal attendants, in-home support workers and paraprofessionals
(referred to in this Preamble as "direct support professionals") are the
primary providers of publicly funded long-term supports and services for
thousands of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support  professionals  first  allegiance  is  to  the
person  they support; they must build a close, trusted relationship with
an individual with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, In 2014, the majority of  direct  support  professionals  are
employed in home and community based settings and this trend is project-
ed to increase over the decade; and
  WHEREAS,  A  direct  support  professional  assists an individual with
disabilities with the most intimate needs, on a daily basis, including a
broad range of supports such as preparation of meals; helping with medi-
cations; bathing; dressing; mobility; getting to school, work, religious
and recreational activities; and general daily affairs; and
  WHEREAS, A direct support professional is responsible  for  supporting
the emotional, physical and personal well-being of individuals receiving
support,  helping  to  keep an individual with disabilities connected to
the family and community of the individual; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support professionals enable individuals with disabil-
ities to live self-directed, meaningful and productive lives;  they  are
the  key  to  allowing  an  individual  with  disabilities  to live more
successfully in the community; and
  WHEREAS, Direct support professionals respect the  human  dignity  and
uniqueness  of  the  people  they support; they advocate with the people
they support, promoting their  human  rights,  their  civil  rights  and
responsibilities; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body appreciates the contribution of direct
support professionals in supporting the needs of individuals with devel-
opmental disabilities and their families in the State of New  York,  and
further  recognizes them as integral in supporting the long-term support
and services system in this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body finds the successful implementation  of
the  public  policies of the State of New York depends on the dedication
of direct support professionals; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 7-13, 2014,
as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in  the  State  of  New
York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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