As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the world, news, social media and work can be overwhelming. We’ve committed to sharing resources for taking care of yourself but we’re not alone. Many of our colleagues want to share words of encouragement. Starting today, NADSP will be sharing a video from one of our partners each week with words of encouragement for Direct Support Professionals. We want you to know that as you continue your essential work in supporting people with disabilities, you are not alone and you are valued for the incredible work you do.

This week, we are starting with words of encouragement from Stephen “Dr. Bird” Birchak. Many may remember Dr. Bird from the 2019 NADSP Annual Conference. Attendees were enamored with Dr. Bird’s humor and positive outlook.  To learn more about Dr. Birchak, you can visit his website by clicking here. In Dr. Bird’s video  below, he shares a story of gratitude from one of his former students.

Words of Encouragement from Dr. Stephen Birchak to DSPs


Looking for additional support during this time? Please note the resources below:

Self Care Resource Page for DSPs (webinars, handouts and additional resources:

On-Boarding New DSPs in A Crisis (Code of ethics Webinar Series, Competency Webinar Series, Additional Resources):

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NADSP recognizes the invaluable work that Direct Support Professionals all over the world are doing during this unprecedented time. We appreciate you. We hope you remain safe and well.

Thank you,

The NADSP Team