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Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week in Duluth

Updated: September 11, 2019 06:23 PM

Helping support people with disabilities is incredibly important work. And the city of Duluth is showing support for those direct support professionals.

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On Wednesday, at city hall, Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed it Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week. She said, "Here in Duluth we've worked really hard to ensure all voices are heard. All voices matter. And all experiences are valued. We know and see you, and professional members of the community, with disabilities or without, we know how important you are to this community."

The CEO of the Association of Residential Resources of Minnesota, Sue Schettle, said we should all thank DPSs in our lives for their work, and consider going into the field as well.

Sharon Johnston was selected by ARMM to receive its ARRM Cares Award, given out to six of the top DPSs in the state. She said she loves her job, and was inspired to do this work after her son suffered a brain injury.

ARRM also said that the need for more people in the field is growing, and they plan on launching a public service annoucement about it.

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