“We need a million new workers in the next 10 years to do direct support. Where are they going to come from and how are we going to keep them?”

Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support is a documentary film exploring the underappreciated and underfunded work of direct support professionals (DSPs), the people who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living full lives as members of their communities. Through stories and interviews with DSPs, family members, advocates, and people with disabilities from across the country, the film honors the complexity of the work and the immense value it provides to individuals receiving support. And it asks us to take action now in strengthening the DSP workforce before the system collapses.

44 minutes. Closed captioned.

Funded in part by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research through Grant #90RT5019-01-01 to the Research and Training Center on Community Living.

Read more about “Invaluable” here.