Over the past few weeks, we have shared Words of Encouragement from from some of our colleagues As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the world, news, social media and work can be overwhelming. We’ve committed to sharing resources for taking care of yourself but we’re not alone. Many of our colleagues want to share words of encouragement. In the past few weeks, NADSP has shared videos from our partners each week with words of encouragement for direct support professionals. We want you to know that as you continue your essential work in supporting people with disabilities, you are not alone and you are valued for the incredible work you do.

Our words of encouragement series has officially gone international. This week, we are pleased to share words of encouragement from Dave Hingsburger. Dave is the Director of Clinical and Educational Services at Vita Community Living Services in Canada. Dave lectures internationally and has published several books and articles in reference to disability. Each month, Dave hosts the “Let’s Talk with Dave” webinar series with our Director of Educational Services, John Raffaele.

In Dave’s words of encouragement video, he discusses kindness and how we all need to remember how we are working with other during this pandemic. To watch the video, click the video below.

Words of Encouragement from Dave Hingsburger


Looking for additional support during this time? Please note the resources below:

Self Care Resource Page for DSPs (webinars, handouts and additional resources: https://nadsp.org/covid-19resources/

On-Boarding New DSPs in A Crisis (Code of ethics Webinar Series, Competency Webinar Series, Additional Resources): https://nadsp.org/onboarding-in-crisis/

Want to Share Your Story?

If you have additional resources to share, please connect with us at ndama@nadsp.org.

NADSP recognizes the invaluable work that Direct Support Professionals all over the world are doing during this unprecedented time. We appreciate you. We hope you remain safe and well.

Thank you,

The NADSP Team