National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week at Benedictine

Benedictine staff handing out goodie bags.

National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week at Benedictine

Appreciating those who support people with disabilities


The staff of Direct Support Professionals (DSP) at Benedictine are key facilitators in successfully delivering on the Benedictine mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

During Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, September 12 through 16, Benedictine joined with Maryland, federal government and numerous other states in recognizing the important work our 200 DSPs perform each day.

Benedictine staff nominated Tracy Young and Sherman McDonald for recognition by the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD).

With over 19 years of experience with Benedictine, Young is a role model for the individuals she serves as well as her co-workers. “Tracy demonstrates a strong work ethic and professionalism,” said Mary Lynn Wright, Training Center supervisor. “She advocates and always puts our individual’s needs and wants.”

McDonald was nominated for his patience and understanding. “He teaches our individuals a wonderful work ethic and leads by example as he supports them in the contracts we serve in the community,” said Angela Russel, manager of Busy Bee.

Recognitions took place all week on campus with employee spotlights and the presentation of custom designed DSP tote bags with the help of the individuals they serve. DSPs provide essential daily support to enable people with disabilities and their families live healthy, community inclusive lives. Their dedication and support were recognized during DSP Week and every day at Benedictine. 


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