Resources

Guides, reports, and more to help you elevate the status of DSPs

The National Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has compiled a number of resources to assist direct support professionals, people receiving services, family members, human service organizations, state/national associations, and more. These include guides, reports, toolkits, and more that cover a variety of topics related to the direct support professional workforce.

Code of Ethics

The NADSP Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a straightforward and relevant guide for DSPs as they resolve the ethical dilemmas they face every day.

Competency Areas

The NADSP Competency Areas offer DSPs the opportunity to address challenges, work on issues identified by the person they support, or assist someone in pursuing a goal.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Campaign

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is conducting a comprehensive campaign across the country to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among direct support professionals (DSPs).

Beyond the Paid Relationship; Embracing the NADSP Competency of Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships

Beyond the Paid Relationship; Embracing the NADSP Competency of Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships

One of the most gratifying parts of a direct support professional’s practice is helping people expand their circles of friends.  ...
Community Living Skills and Supports by Dan Hermreck

Community Living Skills and Supports by Dan Hermreck

Community Living Skills and Supports by Dan Hermreck Doing laundry. Buying groceries. Preparing meals. Washing dishes. Mowing the lawn. There ...
Who Do I Work For?  Organizational Participation

Who Do I Work For? Organizational Participation

As a direct support professional who do I ultimately work for? Many direct support professionals have a fierce loyalty to ...
March E-Badge Earner of the Month: Erin Aukes of Black Hills Works

March E-Badge Earner of the Month: Erin Aukes of Black Hills Works

In January, we launched The NADSP E-Badge Academy as part of our commitment to our mission to elevate the status ...
Assessment and Discovery; “Something is not quite right.”

Assessment and Discovery; “Something is not quite right.”

Something is not quite right.  Joan seems to, “not be herself”.  Joan has less energy in the evenings than she ...
We Won an Award!

We Won an Award!

It has been an exciting week over here at NADSP. We started the week rallying for bFair2DirectCare with hundreds of ...
DSP Competencies: Communication and Empowerment

DSP Competencies: Communication and Empowerment

When I think about the NADSP Competency of Communication, I often think about conversations I used to have with a ...
Moving From Crisis To Stabilization

Moving From Crisis To Stabilization

As the long-term care service system grows and evolves, policy makers and systems stakeholders must determine what strategic investments will ...
The NADSP Competency Connection

The NADSP Competency Connection

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) values and respects the great work of the millions of direct support ...
Yes, organizations can now give credit for competency.

Yes, organizations can now give credit for competency.

By now you may have heard about The NADSP E-Badge Academy. In case you haven’t, organizations will have a formal ...
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It’s demanding work. DSPs deserve credit.

The expectations made of Direct Support Professionals can be overwhelming. There are diverse job responsibilities that require a wide range ...
2018 Staff Stability Survey Report

2018 Staff Stability Survey Report

The annual Staff Stability Survey offers robust data and research to offer insight about the direct support professional (DSP) workforce ...