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.

This week, we are pleased to share another musical Words of Encouragement video. The song this week comes from Michael Steinbruck, MA. Michael is the Executive Director of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP). In his contracted  position, he facilitates the direction and operations of the learning community while supporting its members. Michael works full-time on the PCAST Project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey. His programmatic focus is on developing the Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST) project. To learn more about Michael, click here.

In Michael’s video, he reflects on the death of John Pryne and person centered thinking. He shares a song entitled, “Pando Tree.”  To watch the video, click the video below.

Words of Encouragement from Michael Steinbruck


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