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Welcome to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals!

NADSP Quality Support videoTogether, we are working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. We recognize that people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships.

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Celebrate National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

September 13th - 19th, 2015 

Once again, NADSP has joined with ANCOR's National Advocacy Campaign in sponsoring National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, beginning September 13, 2015.

This is a great opportunity for organizations and communities to honor the direct support workforce and the tremendous difference they make each day in the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities. Here are some ways to Celebrate DSP Recognition Week - Don't wait for September 13th - Start planning now!

Join the NADSP

•Promote the direct support profession by joining the NADSP as a Member Organization. You can join on-line or download and print a membership form. Once your organization joins, all of your direct support professionals can join for FREE! (More information will be coming to you next week.)

•Members are invited to join our monthly webinars - The Learning Annex. Hear from some of the best minds in the country on topics that are important to direct support professionals. FREE FOR NADSP MEMBERS!

•Take advantage of our special discounts and help your direct support professionals achieve the first level of a national certification in direct support by becoming a DSP-R


Other Ways to Recognize Direct Support Professionals

•Hold a staff appreciation lunch, barbeque or ice cream social.

•Have executive and management staff work side-by-side a DSP for a day. Learn what they do and ask them questions about their work.

•Recognize "Excellence in Direct Support Practice" and give examples and formal recognition of a direct support professional who helped someone "have a great life".

•Give a small, but meaningful and personalized gift.

•Provide a heartfelt and simple "thank you" for the personal sacrifices that direct support professionals make on a regular basis.

•Bring in dinner, lunch or breakfast for those who are working in your programs.

•Drive-by and Drop Ins: Surprise the morning shift with a bag of bagels and a box of coffee, or some special refreshments and some festivities.

•Create and distribute a DSP Week flyer/press release to raise awareness of the important contributions that direct support professionals have in the lives of people with disabilities.

•Invite elected officials to your organization's homes and let DSPs tell their stories to them.

•Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper that describes the complex and skilled work that your direct support professionals do EVERY DAY.

•Find ways that your organization's culture can show that you trust direct support professionals - invite them to join committees, seek their input on strategic planning, use their expertise.

•Seek out a local radio talk shows or news segments to showcase the skills of direct support professionals and the impact they have on positive outcomes for people with disabilities.

•Help the people with disabilities who receive services to express their thanks by sponsoring celebrations, buying gift baskets and writing cards of appreciation.

•Make sure that the families of those you support know that it's Direct Support Professional Recognition Week and ask them to get involved.

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