Sen. McLachlan: Governor Proclaims September 12th “Direct Support Professional Day”

September 10, 2010

State Senator Mike McLachlan (R-Danbury) today praised Governor Rell for declaring September 12th “Direct Support Professional Day” in Connecticut in recognition of the many people who dedicate themselves to careers supporting people with disabilities. Several individuals from Ability Beyond Disability (ABD) who have previously been recognized for their commitment to individuals with disabilities were with Sen. McLachlan as Governor Rell made the announcement.

“Ability Beyond Disability is just one of the great organizations in our community dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities,” said. Sen. McLachlan. “I have great respect for the men and women who work every day as direct support professionals and I was happy to be a part of yesterday’s event. Thank you to everyone who has committed their personal and professional lives to making a difference.”

Ability Beyond Disability (ABD) located in Bethel, Connecticut, helps individuals with disabilities pursue healthy, active lives. They assist in finding homes, providing a reliable support system, job training and placement, and in teaching valuable life skills. In attendance from ABD were: Susan Hancock, Connecticut Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the year; Georgeann DeCarvalho, runner-up for the DSP award; Joan Volpe, Vice President of services in Connecticut; and Tom Fanning, President/CEO.