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Words of Encouragement from Dr. Stephen Birchak

Words of Encouragement from Dr. Stephen Birchak

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. Starting today,...

Competency in the Time of Coronavirus by Dan Hermreck

Competency in the Time of Coronavirus by Dan Hermreck When the NADSP staff have an opportunity to speak to direct support professionals (DSP) around the country, one of our key messages is that DSPs are highly skilled professionals. The NADSP Competency Areas describe...

An Umbrella-Term; Person Centered Supports

                Parasols (umbrellas) were designed to provide shade from the sun. The umbrella was invented more than 4,000 years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. They waxed...

Pauline: 42 Years of Excellence

Submitted by: Paula Nerone, Merakey Allegheny Valley School Pauline Seibert has served as Direct Support Professional for 42 years, and is employed at Merakey Allegheny Valley School (Merakey AVS), a human service organization headquartered in Coraopolis, PA. Merakey...

Jim: Supporting Jeremy To Bring A Book To Life

Submitted by: Cynthia Harvey, People Inc.During a person-centered planning session in 2015, Jeremy, a person receiving services through People Inc., shared that he had a dream to become a published poet, author and artist. With support from James (Jim) Jowsey, by...

Joseph: Providing Solutions In Direct Support

Submitted By: Merlynne Hancock, Koinonia Homes, Inc. Joseph Mwambo works as a Direct Support Professional for Koinonia Homes, Inc., a human services organization in Northeast Ohio that provides residential services, day programs, and employment services to adults with...

Brett: Advancing Employment Outcomes

Submitted By: Jodi Bopp, I Am Boundless Brett Breeze is an employment trainer who supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparing for employment. He is a dedicated employee for the Boundless family of companies. Boundless is based out of...