Please continue to allow parents to be paid attendants for their disabled children. In the past, we have tried several different agencies & have had numerous direct support providers in my home to help care for my disabled son that have not worked out at all. Most of the time it was a challenge to just get a person to apply for the position but even if they did, they didn't stay on long & some just never came back. While he was still enrolled in school, this wasnt as big as a problem as now that he's an adult & home all day. If I were to go back to work outside the home & hire someone to take care of him during those hours & they are late coming to work, dont show up at all, need to leave earlier than scheduled - then I have to leave work or miss the whole day, eventually I will no longer have a job myself. My son has multiple disabilities and non verbal autism is one of them & as a parent with a child that can't tell you what happened when they are left alone with this stranger & are acting out you can only assume the worst. I personally love my son with all of my heart & can't live with myself knowing something us wrong but they can't tell you what. Since I have been able to be his paid attendant, the stress & worry for the both of us that has been lifted is enormous. He has really came out of his shell & is more talkative & expressive & is finally making more eye contact & everything. I really wish this option for parents would always be an option for us & them. I am begging you to please reconsider & continue to allow parents like me to be paid attendants for our children under Consumer Direct Services as it is now.