The NADSP E-Badge Academy

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NADSP E-Badge Academy

The NADSP E-Badge Academy offers DSPs the ability to earn electronic badges as a way to demonstrate the acquisition and development of knowledge, skills, and values. A number of E-Badges fall under the Core Competency category, which encompass demonstration of the direct application of best practices, covering more than a dozen quality of life areas.

Core Competency E-Badges:

 

Earning Core Competency E-Badges

DSPs and/or organizations will submit their examples and evidence of best practices in these quality of life areas, through the online platform Credly. This demonstration of exemplary supports can be shared by uploading video, audio, or text documents through Credly, which will then be reviewed by the NADSP E-Badge Committee. Upon approval, the DSP and/or organization will be notified of the approval and will be provided with additional information as well as promotional materials.

Credit Criteria

The same Credit Criteria apply to all Core Competency E-Badges, and include guidance, information, and limitations for earning E-Badges.

  • At least one of the listed skill statements listed in the credit description must be illustrated through your testimonial.
  • The work submitted for an individual badge may not be previously submitted for another badge.  The testimonial must reflect authentic real life experience that you have had on the job, fictional accounts will not be accepted.  It must be work either you have done individually or as part of a group.
  • All identifying information must be removed, you are welcome to use either Person 1/Person 2 or assign fictitious names.
  • Any submissions containing individually identifying information will not be eligible to receive a badge.
  • As an alternative to typing your testimonial into the Credly form, you may use Credly’s evidence feature to upload your testimonial as a video file, audio file, or a document in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • All submissions become property of NADSP, and may be used in future NADSP business operations.

 

Credit Descriptions

Credit Descriptions share the specific expectations for submitting your demonstration of support application. Please be sure to follow these descriptions when submitting your examples and evidence, as the NADSP E-Badge Committee will be using this criteria in the review of your submission.

Advocate With

This badge is part of the Advocacy competency.

By earning Advocate With, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

8A. The competent DSP and the participant identify advocacy issues by gathering information, reviewing and analyzing all aspects of the issue.

8C. The competent DSP facilitates, assists, and/or represents the participant when there are barriers to his or her service needs and lobbies decision-makers when appropriate to overcome barriers to services.

In writing your testimonial for Advocate With, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you advocating with a person you support to address an issue of importance to them.

2. Explain the difference between “advocating with” a person you support and “advocating for” a person you support.

Communication Modes

This badge is part of the Communication competency.

By earning Communication Modes, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

2B. The competent DSP has knowledge of and uses modes of communication that are appropriate to the communication needs of participants.

2C. The skilled DSP learns and uses terminology appropriately, explaining as necessary to ensure participant understanding.

In writing your testimonial for Communication Modes, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe one example of you facilitating effective communication with a person you support. What impact did this communication have on the person’s life?

2. Explain how supporting communication is consistent with the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Community Networking

This badge is part of the Community and Service Networking competency.

By earning Community Networking, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

4A. The competent DSP helps to identify the needs of the participant for community supports, working with the participant’s informal support system, and assisting with, or initiating identified community connections.

4B. The competent DSP researches, develops, and maintains information on community and other resources relevant to the needs of participants.

In writing your testimonial for Community Networking, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe one example where you used community networks to help a person you support make connections in their community.

2. Explain why it is important for DSPs to assist people in making connections to people and resources in their community.

Completing Documentation

This badge is part of the Documentation competency.

By earning Completing Documentation, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

12A. The competent DSP maintains accurate records, collecting, compiling and evaluating data, and submitting records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.

12B. The competent DSP maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.

In writing your testimonial for Completing Documentation, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example in which the completion of documentation made a positive difference in the life of a person you support.

2. Explain how your completion of documentation in this example aligns with the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Crisis Intervention

This badge is part of the Crisis Prevention and Intervention competency.

By earning Crisis Intervention, you will demonstrate the following:

10A. The competent DSP identifies the crisis, defuses the situation, evaluates and determines an intervention strategy and contacts necessary supports.

In writing your testimonial for Crisis Intervention, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe one example of a crisis you encountered, the steps you took to deescalate the crisis, and reduce the likelihood of it occurring again.

2. Explain how your approach to the crisis aligns with the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Friendships

This badge is associated with both the Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships competency and the Community Living Skills and Supports competency.

By earning Friendships, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

13D. The competent DSP encourages and assists the individual as needed in facilitating friendships and peer interactions.

6D. The competent DSP supports the participant in the development of friendships and other relationships.

In writing your testimonial for Friendships, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you assisting a person to find opportunities to form friendships and/or to maintain existing friendships.

2. Explain how this work aligns with the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Household Management

This badge is part of the Community Living Skills and Supports competency.

By earning Household Management, you will demonstrate the following:

6B. The competent DSP assists the participant with household management (e.g., meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with transportation needs to maximize his or her skills, abilities and independence.

In writing your testimonial for Household Management, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you helping a person to maximize their skills, abilities and independence in the areas of household management or transportation.

2. Explain how this example of your work connects to the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Individual Activities

This badge is part of the Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships competency.

By earning Individual Activities, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

13G. The competent DSP provides incentive or motivation for consumer involvement in community outings.

13F. The competent DSP implements individual supports regarding community activities.

In writing your testimonial for Individual Activities, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you supporting an individual in a community activity which is important to that person.

2. Explain the benefits of individual activities in the community compared to group activities.

Informed Advocate

This badge is part of the Advocacy competency.

By earning Informed Advocate, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

8A. The competent DSP and the participant identify advocacy issues by gathering information, reviewing and analyzing all aspects of the issue.

8B. The competent DSP has current knowledge of laws, services, and community resources to assist and educate participants to secure needed supports.

In writing your testimonial for Informed Advocate, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe a situation you have encountered where you needed to gather information in order to be an effective advocate.

2. Describe the role of the people you support in this process.

Managing Documentation

This badge is part of the Documentation competency.

By earning Managing Documentation, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

12B. The competent DSP maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.

12C. The competent DSP learns and remains current with appropriate documentation systems, setting priorities and developing a system to manage documentation.

In writing your testimonial for Managing Documentation, please consider the following prompts:

1. Explain your approach to documentation at work. Describe the steps you take to manage the workload related to documentation.

2. Explain the steps you take to maintain confidentiality when working with documentation.

Medication Administration

This badge is part of the Supporting Health and Wellness competency.

By earning Medication Administration, you will demonstrate the following:

15A. Administers medications accurately and in accordance with agency policy and procedures.

In writing your testimonial for the Medication Administration, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe the steps you follow to ensure that medications are administered accurately.

2. Explain how your approach to medication supports informed choice.

Meeting Needs

This badge is part of the Community Living Skills and Supports competency.

By earning Meeting Needs, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

6A. The competent DSP assists the participant to meet his or her physical (e.g., health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (e.g., human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.

6C. The competent DSP assists with identifying, securing and using needed equipment (e.g., adaptive equipment) and therapies (e.g., physical, occupational and communication).

In writing your testimonial for Meeting Needs, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you assisting a person to meet their needs. (These needs could be related to health, grooming, toileting, eating, human development, or sexuality. The needs could be met through teaching skills, providing supports, building on individual strengths and capabilities, or securing needed equipment or therapies.)

2. Explain how this example of your work connects to the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Ongoing Health Support

This badge is part of the Supporting Health and Wellness competency.

By earning Ongoing Health Support, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

15B. Observes and implements appropriate actions to promote healthy living and to prevent illness and accidents.

15G. Assists individuals in implementing health and medical treatments.

15D. Assists individuals in scheduling, keeping, and following through on all health appointments.

In writing your testimonial for Ongoing Health Support, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you promoting healthy living to the people you support.

2. Explain how you encourage healthy living while also respecting individual choice.

Participant Directed

This badge is part of the Participant Empowerment competency.

By earning the Participant Directed badge, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

1A. The competent DSP assists and supports the participant to develop strategies, make informed choices, follow through on responsibilities, and take risks.

1B. The competent DSP promotes participant partnership in the design of support services, consulting the person and involving him or her in the support process.

In writing your testimonial for the Participant Directed badge, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe one example of you providing participant-directed support.

2. Explain how providing participant-directed support is consistent with the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Personal Care

This badge is associated with both the Supporting Health and Wellness competency and the Community Living Skills and Supports competency.

By earning Personal Care, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

15E. Assists individuals in completing personal care (e.g., hygiene and grooming) activities.

6A. The competent DSP assists the participant to meet his or her physical (e.g., health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (e.g., human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.

In writing your testimonial for Personal Care, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you supporting a person in completing personal care tasks.

2. Explain the role of individual choice when you support a person in these tasks.

Person-Centered Thinking

This badge is part of the Provide Person-Centered Supports competency.

By earning Person-Centered Thinking, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

14A. The competent DSP provides support to people using a person centered approach.

14B. The competent DSP modifies support programs and interventions to ensure they are person centered.

14C. The competent DSP challenges co-workers and supervisors to use person centered practices.

In writing your testimonial for Person-Centered Thinking, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you ensuring a person was receiving truly person-centered support.

2. Explain what the term “person-centered” means to you.

Plan Implementation

This badge is part of the Facilitation of Services competency.

By earning Plan Implementation, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

5A. The competent DSP maintains collaborative professional relationships with the participant and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his or her own personal limitations.

5C. The competent DSP assists and/or facilitates the implementation of an individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes derived from participants’ preferences, needs and interests.

In writing your testimonial for Plan Implementation, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you implementing a truly person-centered plan (based on the preferences, needs and interests of a person you support).

2. Explain the importance of working with the person you support and the rest of the support team when implementing such a plan.

Planning Activities

This badge is part of the Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships competency.

By earning Planning Activities, you will demonstrate at least one of the following:

13A. The competent DSP assists the individual as needed in planning for community activities and events (e.g., making reservation, staff needs, money, materials, accessibility).

13B. The competent DSP assists the individual as needed in arranging transportation for community events.

In writing your testimonial for Planning Activities, please consider the following prompts:

1. Describe an example of you assisting a person you support to plan a community activity.

2. Explain the importance of a DSP assisting a person to plan activities, rather than the DSP simply doing the planning themselves.

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