The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Congratulates Joe Macbeth and DSP Advocates Honored by the National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020

April 13, 2020 (Albany, NY)

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Joe Macbeth has been selected for recognition for his contributions to the field. Joe is honored among an esteemed group of leaders who are committed to enhancing the recognition and support of Direct Support Professionals. Congratulations to all!

The National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020 is an effort by a dozen national and regional organizations to recognize the key individuals who have contributed to the transformation of the field of intellectual and developmental disability within the U.S. over the past 20 years. This project follows the 20th Century Historic Recognition Project, which recognized notable thought leaders in our field from the preceding 100 years.

When the nomination process was announced, the NADSP board and staff were sure that Joe should be recognized for this honor. Joe has dedicated his career to ensuring that the direct support workforce has the resources, recognition, and support needed to provide quality services and supports to people with disabilities. He is the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. And with his leadership, the organization has grown to be the national leader in workforce issues and support. Joe has been the driving force to expand and integrate the NADSP Code of Ethics and redefine a national credentialing program. He is leading efforts to enhance federal policy and recognition of DSPs to increase the nation’s understanding of the number and role of its DSPs and improve their working conditions.

Today, we celebrate Joe and his colleagues virtually. A commemorative booklet, 2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2020, is now online that further describes the honorees’ contributions. We thank Joe and all of the honorees for their contributions to nationally significant research, practice, public policy, and advocacy initiatives that have enhanced support for the workforce and the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Please join us in congratulating Joe and all the honorees!


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