Amy S Hewitt, Katie Keiling, John K Sauer, Nancy J McCulloh, Marijo McBride

Toolkit for People with Disabilities

Toolkit for Families


A pair of easy-to-use toolkits helping families and people with disabilities find quality, caring, and committed Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). There are two different versions of the tookit: one for people with disabilities and one for their family members and support providers. These toolkits, which can be used together or separately, provide:

  • Information on where in the community individuals and families can find the best DSPs to meet their needs.

  • Information on how individuals and families choose the best DSP for their needs, including how to develop a realistic job preview.

  • Information on how to train and support DSPs in the job so they stay longer.

  • A CD that provides worksheets, sample realistic job previews, and other resources.


Resource Guide 
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Human resources and management
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training
  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
    • Support coordination and case management
  • Housing and residential services
    • Consumer/self-directed services
    • Family supports/in-home services