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.  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’s Words of Encouragement come from Ramu Iyer. Ramu is a Job Coach from Washington and was recently announced as a member of the DSP Advisory Council. You can read Ramu’s full bio clicking here.

In Ramu’s video, he reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how he works as a DSP. He states, “The COVID-19 crisis has given me a wake up call that we need to treat each other as human beings and with  courtesy and respect.”  Towards the end of the video, Ramu shares six questions he meditates on in the morning in order to grow resilience in himself and the individuals he supports. To watch the video, click the button below.

Words of Encouragement from Ramu Iyer


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