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    Sounds better than PA. You all know this is important...rock on it

    Direct Support Worker Bill Can Make a Difference
    Take Action!

    Contact Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1264

    BACKGROUND:

    Earlier this year, Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Lois Capps (D-CA)
    introduced the Direct Support Professionals Fairness and Security Act of
    2005 (H.R. 1264). Reps. Terry and Capps recognize the inadequate wages paid to hundreds of thousands of direct support professionals who struggle daily to enhance the lives of people with disabilities while at the same time
    struggling to provide income security for their own families. H.R. 1264
    represents a first step in bringing an unfair situation to the attention of
    Congress and the nation.

    For millions of people with disabilities of all ages, direct support
    professionals are the key to living successfully in their home communities.
    Direct support professionals are often personal care assistants or home care
    aides who assist people with severe disabilities with medications, preparing
    and eating meals, dressing, mobility, personal hygiene and handling daily
    affairs.

    Direct support professionals face many difficult challenges throughout their
    careers. Unfortunately, these difficulties have led to high turnover and
    ongoing vacancies, which can place people with severe disabilities at risk.
    Annual turnover rates for direct support professionals range to more than 75
    percent.

    The lack of adequate and well-trained direct support staff for people with
    disabilities continues to threaten the quality of services provided for
    people with disabilities; undermines their choice to live and work in the
    community; and chips away their ability to control their own lives.

    STATUS:

    The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy, the American Network of Community Options
    and Resources (ANCOR) and the Lutheran Services of America are participating in a national campaign to highlight this important issue and gain support for H.R. 1264.

    Currently, the following members of Congress sponsor and co-sponsor H.R.
    1264:
    Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) - sponsor
    Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) - sponsor
    Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)
    Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA)
    Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL)
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
    Rep. Tom Osborne (R-NE)
    Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
    Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
    Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)
    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
    Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA)
    Rep. Michael McNulty (D-NY)
    Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
    Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN)

    **Please note: If Reps. Terry, Capps or a current co-sponsor is your member
    of Congress, please do not send an e-mail requesting their support of H.R.
    1264.

    TAKE ACTION:

    Representatives Terry and Capps cannot make this bill become law without the support of the disability community. You know the difference that quality
    direct support workers make. Now, it is time for you to help make a
    difference. Make it happen today!

    Send an e-mail today to your member of Congress and urge him/her to
    co-sponsor Rep. Terry and Capps's bill, H.R. 1264.
    http://justadollarplease.org/

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