Did you know that 37 states still have institutions where people with disabilities live segregated lives? Institutions limit people’s lives and choices, and they must be closed. But more than that, communities need the resources currently utilized in institutions for all people with disabilities to live independently with the right supports, no matter their level of need.
Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rely on direct support professionals (DSPs) to lead full and independent lives in their communities. The work DSPs do is vital, but due to years of systemic-failures, they’re often underpaid leading to vacancies and high turnover. It’s a crisis that affects people with disabilities and their families every day. DSPs and people with disabilities deserve more.
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