DSP-Specialist - Inclusion

dsp-s-iThe DSP-Specialist in Inclusion credential (DSP-S-I) recognizes competence in supporting the inclusion of people receiving support services in the communities in which they live and work.These specialists understand why inclusion is important and have demonstrated the skills to enhance inclusion of people receiving support services including: understanding their role in community inclusion, matching community resources with individual interests, building bridges within communities and utilizing natural supports.

Required elements:

  1. Must be a DSP-Certified II;
  2. Approved continuing education in inclusion (40 hours);
  3. Portfolio work sample that demonstrates competence in inclusion;
  4. Proof of one year continuous work providing inclusion opportunities for people who use community human services;
  5. Letter from employer in support of competence and professional integrity in the area of inclusion

Recognized award:

  1. Officially embossed certificate that identifies them personally as a DSP- Specialist in Inclusion;
  2. Lapel pin that says “Direct Support Professional – Specialist,”
  3. Personalized letter from NADSP congratulating them on their achievement.

Fee: $100

Re-certification: In order to maintain DSP-Specialist in Inclusion status the DSP must be re-certified every two years. The re-certification process requires:

  1. Re-certification of the DSP-Certified credential;
  2. Proof of completion of 5 hours of continuing education in inclusion;
  3. Re-affirmation of commitment to the NADSP Code of Ethics

Fee: $50