DSP Onboarding Curriculum

Set up direct support professionals for success on the job

COVID-19 Follow-Up Report

Experiences of the direct support workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Resources for DSPs

Questions and Answers About The COVID-19 Vaccine For DSPs

NADSP Membership

Take part in a national movement to elevate the status of direct support professionals

Frontline Initiative

The latest edition covers ‘Making A Career In Direct Support’

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Vision

A world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.

Vision

A world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.

Mission

To elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills and values.

Values

NADSP values the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life through the provision of person-centered supports. We believe that high quality support requires all professionals to follow the individual path suggested by the unique gifts, preferences, and needs of each person they support, and to walk in partnership with the person, and those who love him or her, toward a life of opportunity, well-being, freedom, and contribution.

NADSP Services

The various services and programs offered by The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) provide professional development opportunities along with the resulting recognition and acknowledgement that employees deserve. Whether a DSP pursues a rigorous certification, or a Frontline Supervisor benefits from an in-depth curriculum, NADSP equips organizations with tools to help their employees succeed.

E-Badge Academy

The NADSP E-Badge Academy offers DSPs the ability to earn electronic badges to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values.

Certification

Certification provides national recognition for the contributions and competence of staff who meet the NADSP certification standards.

Training

These professional development options will help improve both the knowledge and skill sets of DSPs, Frontline Supervisors, and other human service providers.

Curricula

NADSP has developed a number of curricula options to help human service providers bring the ideals and approaches of NADSP into their organization.

Accredited Education

NADSP’s accredited education offering demonstrates that programs effectively teach the ethics, knowledge, and skills that constitute best practice.

Keynote Presentations

NADSP conducts keynote presentations for conferences and meetings to inform attendees about pressing issues affecting human services.

“Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability.”
- John F. Kennedy Jr., NADSP's ideological founder

Establish a DSP Standard Occupational Classification

NADSP is building a coalition to issue a change.org petition to the US Office of Management and Budget, demanding that the office Establish a Direct Support Professional Standard Occupational Classification. 

Latest News & Events

DSP Competencies: Communication and Empowerment

DSP Competencies: Communication and Empowerment

When I think about the NADSP Competency of Communication, I often think about conversations I used to have with a ...
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The NADSP Competency Connection

The NADSP Competency Connection

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) values and respects the great work of the millions of direct support ...
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Yes, organizations can now give credit for competency.

Yes, organizations can now give credit for competency.

By now you may have heard about The NADSP E-Badge Academy. In case you haven’t, organizations will have a formal ...
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It's demanding work. DSPs deserve credit.

It’s demanding work. DSPs deserve credit.

The expectations made of Direct Support Professionals can be overwhelming. There are diverse job responsibilities that require a wide range ...
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