Introduction to the Special Issue: Understanding the Direct Support Workforce in the United States

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This special issue on the direct support workforce highlights the critical role of the direct support workforce in the quality of life of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the United States. Although there is increasing demand for this workforce, challenges in the recruitment, training, and retention of direct support professionals (DSPs) threatens the safety, health, and full inclusion of people with IDD living in the community. This special issue brings to the forefront current research to understand this workforce and their importance and to consider strategies to address the complex challenges facing DSPs so that people with disabilities can live and thrive in their communities.

Suggested Citation

Laws, C. B., & Hewitt, A. S. (2020). Introduction to the Special Issue: Understanding the Direct Support Workforce in the United States. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 58(3), 189–191. https://doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-58.3.189

Details

Date
06/01/2020 
Type
Peer-Reviewed Article 
Edition
Volume 58, Number 3
Publisher
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities