It is very important to me that Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) get a raise. They work so very hard to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), but their pay is very low.

To be able to pay for their house and support their kids, they have to work two or three jobs. This is not right and not good for people with I/DD.

DSPs haven’t had an increase for over 10 years. I feel that they need an increase now. State legislators in Trenton need to raise DSP wages in the state budget. DSPs deserve it and need it now.

Barbara Coppens
Cherry Hill
Self-Advocate and Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Steering Committee Member

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