The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) values and respects the great work of the millions of direct support professionals in North America. One important aspect of the organization is our commitment to contributing to the knowledge, skills and values inherent in the work of direct support. The NADSP has given our professional field a validated set of fifteen research-based competencies and a code of ethics, among many other contributions. However, we feel it is important to dive deeper into the importance of what competency truly means for direct support professionals. We are creating Lunch and Learn webinars to this exploration and we hope it enlightens all who read about the complex skills associated with direct support.