This week (Sept. 8-14) has been designated as National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week to acknowledge the dedication and vital role of direct support professionals. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the primary providers of publicly-funded long-term support for millions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

"The Direct Support Professionals at Mosaic are the core of our mission to promote inclusion, independence and involvement of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities among the Nevada community," said Brent Aberg, executive director of Mosaic in North Central Iowa. "Each of them gives of their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. They deserve to be recognized for their dedication."

Throughout the week, many events are held across the country to recognize direct support professionals. Communities hold special events, civic organizations welcome guest speakers to discuss the field of direct support professionals, and service providers like Mosaic will host activities and events to show their appreciation of their direct support staff.

"In 2013, Mosaic celebrates our centennial. Under the theme ‘100 Years: A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love,’ Mosaic has been commemorating our past and our future. Mosaic’s direct support professionals are definitely at the center of this work, continuing our legacy of love. National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week gives us the opportunity to show appreciation for the dedication and integral role of over 3,800 direct support professionals working for Mosaic," said Linda Timmons, president and chief executive officer of Mosaic.

Mosaic in North Central Iowa provides a life of possibilities for people in Forest City, Belmond, Clarion, Eagle Grove, Webster City and Nevada, and employs 80 direct support professionals throughout the Nevada area.