Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue about Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 8 -14. Here’s a statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue for the thousands of CSEA members who provide skilled, compassionate care to individuals every day.

“This week is the perfect opportunity to recognize the incredible work and dedication it takes to be a Direct Support Professional like you. You inspire us as you work to inspire others. Whether you’re creating opportunities for individuals to grow, ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment, or just providing people with disabilities the necessary supports to live, work, and enjoy life more independently; you are the backbone of our communities and we salute you!
You truly are the HEART of New York, working tirelessly each day to provide skilled and compassionate care, often under very challenging circumstances; ensuring improvements in the quality of life for the individuals you support, making a difference for them and their families.
Not just this week, but EVERY week, you do this selflessly, often facing persistent understaffing and onerous overtime rules. Please know, our union continues to work to address these problems, because we know the impact they can have on you and your family.
Thank you for all you do; the values you display and the professionalism you embody. We will never stop fighting for you to make sure you receive the respect and appreciation you deserve, every day.”