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).

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Leslie Danley

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Leslie Danley

Congratulations to Leslie Danley, DSP-I​ who has been selected as the February 2024 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month ...
Virtual Training: Improving Interpersonal Relationships through Cultural Humility

Virtual Training: Improving Interpersonal Relationships through Cultural Humility

Interpersonal relationships can affect organizational engagement, performance, and culture. Given the influential impact they are, many leaders struggle with communicating ...
Let's Talk: Considering the Ethical Significance of Assent and Dissent

Let’s Talk: Considering the Ethical Significance of Assent and Dissent

As a direct support professional (DSP) who works with people with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), it may be ...
NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Kelsey Wells

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Kelsey Wells

Congratulations to Kelsey Wells who has been selected as the January 2024 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. We ...
E-Badge Academy Frequently Asked Questions

E-Badge Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about the E-Badge Academy?  The questions below are some of NADSP's most frequently asked questions about our certification program ...
NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Abby Wright

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Abby Wright

Congratulations to Abby Wright who has been selected as the December 2023 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. We ...
Let's Talk: The Transformative Potential of Expressive Arts Therapy

Let’s Talk: The Transformative Potential of Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy (ExAT) is a therapeutic approach and intervention that encourages individuals to express themselves through various art forms ...
Time for Gratitude

Time for Gratitude

The Thanksgiving holiday tends to be a time for reflection, connection, and especially appreciation. It’s no different for all of ...
NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Katie Backus

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Katie Backus

Congratulations to Katie Backus who has been selected as the November 2023 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. We ...
Virtual Training: Understanding Informed Decision Making for Direct Support Professionals

Virtual Training: Understanding Informed Decision Making for Direct Support Professionals

In embracing a person-centered approach and supporting self-direction, people receiving support need to be empowered to make their own choices ...
Let's Talk: An Enriched Communication Approach in Sensory Loss

Let’s Talk: An Enriched Communication Approach in Sensory Loss

As a critical profession, direct support professionals (DSPs) play a vital role in ensuring the unique and distinct language, communication ...
NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Kelvin Wangari

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Kelvin Wangari

Congratulations to Kelvin Wangari who has been selected as the October 2023 NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month. We ...