I would imagine that very few young people know what a “cog” is, since it is a term that is seldom used anymore. To me it is still relevant and makes a good analogy. For those that don’t know, a cog is a gear tooth on a wheel that turns a machine. Without the cogs, the wheel would remain motionless. At Tri-Valley, our cog is our direct support professionals (DSP) who make the machinery of services run.
What does a DSP do? A DSP ensures that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the necessary supports that enable them to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible in their community. Tri-Valley has over one hundred DSPs that are responsible for all aspects of an individuals life including dressing, bathing, employment, meal preparation, transportation and community activities to name just a few. We have had quite a few outstanding DSPs over the years, ones that make a lifelong impact on the people we serve. Some have become mother figures, close friends, while others have become family. They have helped people learn how to read, how to bathe, how to set the table, how to go shopping, how to work at a job, the list is endless.
September has been designated DSP Recognition Month and I would like to take this time to recognize a few DSPs at Tri-Valley for their dedication and accomplishments.