Frontline Initiative: Making a Career in Direct Support

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Description

This issue of Frontline Initiative is about making a career in direct support. Direct support professionals (DSPs) report on why and how they have accomplished this. People supported and their families report on their top values in DSPs who support them and their loved ones, and organizations report on initiatives to support and recognize this workforce. Making a career in direct support is not without challenges. DSPs who do make a career of it commit to years of professional development, yet they are chronically overworked and underpaid. DSPs are often met with low professional recognition and wages that do not reflect their specialized skills. While it is difficult to find time and energy to advocate for social change, this issue highlights a call to action for DSPs. 

Details

Date
9/21/2020 
Type
Newsletter 
Edition
Volume 16, Number 2
Publisher
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
Co-publisher
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Topics

  • Direct support workforce
    • Retention and recruitment
      • Supervision and mentoring
        • Training