Amid A Caregiver Shortage, People With Disabilities Are Filling The Gap In D.C.

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Antonio Myers, 25, after class at RCM of Washington. He’s training to become a direct support professional for people with disabilities. / photo by Elly Yu, WAMU

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The shortage has been ongoing for many years, but it’s gotten much worse,” says Esme Grant Grewal, vice president of government relations at ANCOR, a trade association that represents disability service providers. “As we see baby boomers age, we’re going to see this deficit and this workforce grow. We just don’t have the human capital to fill the need. So we’re in pretty dire straits right now, and are looking for lots of innovation to fill the gap.”

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