Recognizing DSPs: Past, Present and Future

An article by Joseph M. Macbeth via CQL's Capstone Newsletter

Since the deinstitutionalization movement of the 1970’s, the duties of the direct support professional have evolved from that of a caretaker or an attendant who merely provided coverage on a shift, to someone who is an integral part of a person life that provides comprehensive, person-centered support and shares a path toward a self-directed life for those with disabilities. The way others see direct support professionals has also changed during these forty years, and I believe that if we are going to continue sharing this path, then direct support professionals will have to become really good at connecting with community in all aspects of a person’s life – home, work, play and worship (if he or she chooses).