Advocacy We are proud to join with the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition in advocating for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and other support staff to receive fair compensation for the vital work that they do. We greatly value the essential role or our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and recognize that their commitment, integrity, compassion and respect for the people we support are the keys to our success. The support the Direct Support Professional provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is critical. In addition to supporting people in essential day-to-day activities, a DSP provides opportunities for individuals to experience and engage in life enriching activities such attending a local ValleyCats game, or taking a trip to Lake George for the day. Over the last eight years state funding for agencies such as CCDS, IDD organizations, for staff wages has only increased once. Agencies need to receive funding in order to be able to pay DSPs a salary that is competitive and commensurate to their responsibilities. Without an increase in state funding we do not have the funds to adequately increase salaries. To view the #bFair2DirectCare "300 Days to Better Pay" campaign's message points for legislative visits click on the link below: Message Points for Legislative Visits - #bFair2DirectCare JOIN US IN ADVOCATING! 1. ON SOCIAL MEDIA Interact with the bFair2DirectCare social media accounts by liking, sharing and commenting on posts and tweets! Please visit and interact on social media several times each week. Your support is critical to the success of this campaign. Please feel free to use the draft messages below as they are, or tailor them to your liking.Facebook: www.facebook.com/BFair2DirectCare ‘Like’ the Facebook page and post to Facebook! Draft Facebook Post:"It’s been 8 years since we have been given a real raise, and we are now facing wage mandates and new labor rules without having the adequate funding to sustain them. To stand up for our direct support staff and the critical work that they do, we’re joining forces with agencies around the state through the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition! Join us as we call on Albany to address this issue by following @BFair2DirectCare!" Twitter: @Fair2DirectCare ‘Follow’ the Twitter account and the tweet! Draft Tweets: "Stand up for direct support staff & the critical work that they do by joining the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition & following @Fair2DirectCare!" "NYS must step up & provide funds that protect direct care workers & the people they care for! Follow @Fair2DirectCare to join the fight!" "Direct support workers do more than the minimum, they DESERVE to make more than the minimum! Follow @Fair2DirectCare to show your support!" 2. WRITE LETTERS Send letters to the Governor at: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Send letters to Legislators: Go to the New York Families for Disability Rights (NYFDR) website: http://www.nyfamilyrights.org/advocate/contact-influencers/ There you will find your local legislators. There will be sample letters on this website detailing what to say. Be sure to include in your letter our request that the Governor include the $45 million of new funding to support a living wage for DSPs who care for New York’s most vulnerable citizens. You may also download and print a sample letter below. Just print it, sign it, add your own message at the bottom if you like and send it!Sample Letter (word) Sample Letter (pdf) Please help in sending the message to New York State to step up and provide funds that value Direct Support Professionals and the people they care for. Together we can make a difference.