The National Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is a professional association of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), for DSPs and led by DSPs promoting excellence in direct support work in partnership with people with disabilities.
NADSP is neither a labor union nor represented by a union. The position of the NADSP on labor union organizing of direct support professionals (DSPs) is one of neutrality. NADSP neither recommends nor discourages DSPs from joining a union. The purpose and activity of NADSP is to improve the quality of human services and supports through an ethical, credentialed and respected DSP workforce. We believe that the most effective definition of quality is defined at the point of service—the work of DSPs and their positive effect on those whom they support. To fulfill the goal of promoting effective direct support practice, the NADSP works vigorously for systems reform and advocates for workforce development interventions that improve the continuity and quality of direct support practice throughout the country.