Higher wages for developmental disability support professionals [Letter]

Thanks for posting Laura Howell's letter supporting higher wages for Maryland's developmental disability support professionals ("Minimum wage debate ignores crucial group," Jan. 15).

These professionals provide critical support for those with developmental disabilities. We need to raise awareness that direct service professionals are not viewed as minimum wage workers and that they continue to make more than the minimum wage.

Our most valuable assets are the staff that do the hands-on work. We all need to recognize and stand in support of them so they are not forgotten in the effort to address the problems with the minimum wage.

Erwin T. Tepper III, Baltimore

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