Provided state-of-the-art resources to help people with disabilities and their families find and retain quality Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Specifically, the program updated and marketed Realistic Job Preview films and other products on direct support recruitment, retention and training. On a fee-for-service basis, the program, which was funded through external sales, provided: technical assistance and consultation, training, assessment, and research and evaluation to state and federal governmental agencies, provider organizations and others facing these issues. Since 1997, the program has provided training and consultation in nearly every U.S. state and in five foreign countries.

This project was archived on 2015-07-08T00:00:00-05:00

Amy S Hewitt
Contact, 612-624-6024
Past funder
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research


Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration

Sheryl A Larson :: Research Manager

Mark R Olson :: Project Coordinator

Susan N O'Nell :: Director of Curriculum Development

Jerry W Smith :: Director of Marketing and Communications


  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Human resources and management
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training
  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
    • Community supports and services
  • Specific life stage
    • Early childhood
    • Children
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
  • Housing and residential services
    • Community group residential
    • Consumer/self-directed services
    • Family supports/in-home services
    • Housing access
    • Institutions and deinstitutionalization
    • Medicaid services (residential)
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Customized employment
    • Day training and habilitation
    • Employment and workforce development
    • Supported employment
    • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Other health impairment
    • Physical disability


  • Research
  • Training and professional development
  • Technical assistance
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination
  • Outreach