A Statement of Solidarity from the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
The NADSP Code of Ethics states the following in its preamble;
“The prejudices of society form powerful barriers, yet too often, the very social policies and service systems designed to help can create other barriers that prevent many people with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities from enjoying a rich and fulfilling life.”
While NADSP’s work is focused on direct support professionals and their support of people with disabilities, the tenets of this passage in our preamble could easily be applied to people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and any other marginalized population in this country.
The recent civil unrest that has been prompted by the murders of black people by the hands of law enforcement, most recently George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has magnified social inequality and racism in our society. It is clearly being felt in this country and even throughout the world. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals’ is devoted to developing the profession of direct support through advancing knowledge, skills and values of direct support practice throughout North America. According to PHI, 58% of the direct care workforce consists of minorities.
We align with the black community in the protests taking place across the country. We support all who are feeling the painful sting of systemic racism and marginalization. We categorically dismiss anyone or any system that discriminates against people, and recognize that a large part of our mission is to work to change those systems.
The prejudices of society are clear and present during this dark time in our country. The NADSP remains in solidarity with all who continue to uphold and fight for freedom, justice and equality for all.
I agree with your message, but I hear crickets regarding the violence, looting, rioting all in the name of protest. Protesting in response to the murder of this man is just and the policemen should be tried and jailed…What is occurring in America now, there is no excuse.
No arguments here!
Joe, your statement of solidarity with all people is perfect. Thank you.
NADSP’s mission and that of its members incorporate human rights and solidarity between and among everyone. Simply, our work is about unification and not separation–a powerful message to our country torn by the “original sin” of slavery and segregation. It certainly feels like the murder of Mr. Floyd has become our tipping point and our collective decision-making moment to redefine what it means to be a human being in America. We are the sum of our choices. May we be a positive example of making the right decisions in our work and private lives.
Thank you for your statement. Please note that the impact of racism is far greater than a “sting”. To identify it as such, minimizes it.
Feeling very proud to be member of the NADSP right now. Very well put.
Intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities do not discriminate. The people we support across this nation exist in every class, race, age, and gender. Until all people are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve, every single human rights issue is a DSP issue. As advocates and supporters of one of the most marginalized groups in this nation, we as DSPs have a responsibility to pay attention to these issues and to take the side of justice, equality, and freedom for all.