Articles and Papers

  • Final Report on the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Grant: Project Title: Direct Support Alliance NYS Chapter (2010-2012) A final report of the grant that enabled the incorporation of a New York State Chapter of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), known as the Direct Support Professional Alliance of New York State (DSPNYS); the cultivation of relationships between DSPANYS, self-advocates, family members and government officials; trainings and publications for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) on a host of issues, including NADSP’s Code of Ethics and competency standards; DSPANYS advocacy before the Legislature and the Executive on the need for a Code of Ethics, competency standards and adequate compensation for direct support professionals; the inclusion of DSPNYS members on Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ workforce development workgroups; and training for executive directors and senior staff of agencies on the profession of direct support, the Code of Ethics and competency standards.


  • Lost in the Shadows – Willowbrook and the Era of Institutionalization:  In this speech to Albany Law School students, Clarence J. Sundram provides a history of institutionalization and care for people with disabilities and discusses the important concept(s) of "conscience to acquiescing" as he challenges them with, "There, alone with your conscience, in that small place, you must decide where you stand in protecting human rights of people with disabilities"
  • Reconnecting Hearts and Minds

    A Paradigm day of conversation about ensuring good support with and for people with learning disabilities

    2 March 2012 • St Matthew’s Conference Centre • London

  • QUALITY AND THE WORKFORCE: A JOINT CQL AND NADSP PERSPECTIVE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS: By James F. Gardner, PhD, CQL CEO and President & Joseph M. Macbeth, NADSP Executive DirectorThe National Alliance for Direct support Professionals (NADSP) and CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership recognize the fundamental and essential role that members of the human service workforce play in supporting quality of life for the people. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has long held that the presence of a stable, committed and professional direct support workforce – one grounded in ethical standards and trained to proficiency in person-cantered supports – is critical to the success of any human service agency in its fundamental mission of assuring the health, safety and growth of the individuals it supports. CQL has incorporated workforce factors into quality metrics for many years and the research and data analysis has proven the critical importance of a well-trained, stable and qualified workforce for quality of life for persons’ receiving services. (2012)
  •       Letter to US DOL – The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has been working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce for more than fifteen years. As the leading advocacy organization that represents 1.2 million direct support professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we strongly support the United States Department of Labor's proposed regulations (RIN 1235-AA05) to ensure that all direct support workers receive the same labor protections as other American workers. (Read the full letter here)
  • Ethics of Possibility: John O’Brien. Our field has grown accustomed to talking about a workforce crisis –a growing shortage of personal assistants mostly created by a heartless politics of cheapness that results in poor compensation and low status for the workers that vulnerable citizens depend on for their lives– and it is good that this talk leads to action, such as the initiatives of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. But this important concern need not obscure a search for ways to liberate the energy for good that even people working in straitened circumstances can contribute when they guide their work with an ethics of possibility. (2011)

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