Friday, March 10, 2017


On this day in 1887, Anne Sullivan began teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Anne Sullivan might be considered the first of the Direct Support Professionals people of this world.

And why are they so important?

Having dealt with so many of them who have attended lovingly to my daughter, Ellen and having a son who is one, I understand the hardships they deal with every time they work. I understand the decisions they need to make and I also understand how vital they are for the people they do the work for, not their bosses but their charges.

Imagine you have a job that requires your being on time, every day, driving through snow storms and freezing rain and ice, feeding and changing diapers, chopping up food, looking for abnormalities in people who have disabilities and cannot speak for themselves. Imagine dressing them, cleaning running noses, lifting them as dead weight, and you have a picture of your job. Then you take that paycheck to the bank and pay your taxes with it and the cost of gasoline and car maintenance, because you need a car to drive to work, you need clothes to wear, and oh, I forgot, you also need to feed your family.

You pray you don’t get sick because you need a job because your two jobs together just barely pays for your survival, and the Governor of the great state of NEW YORK, will not appropriate an increase to your meager salary because he just doesn’t give a damn.


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