We are so excited to celebrate DSP Week this week (September 11th through 15th) and honor all of our DSPs!
To kick us off, it's Mission Monday, and we'd like to share with you all about DSPs!
What is a DSP, you ask? DSPs are Direct Support Professionals. DSPs assist people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in realizing their full potential and becoming valued and participating members of their communities. Their work is complex and goes well beyond caregiving, requiring skills including independent problem solving, decision making, behavioral assessment and prevention, medication administration, health and allied health treatment, teaching new skills, crisis prevention and intervention, and more. The job duties of a DSP may resemble those of teachers, nurses, social workers, counselors, physical or occupational therapists, dieticians, chauffeurs, personal trainers, and others. Their work requires strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships with the people they support and their families. DSPs may work in family or individual homes, intermediate care facilities, residential group homes, community job sites, vocational and day programs, and other locations. Their work is determined by the unique needs and preferences of the individuals they support, and they are held to high ethical and professional standards.
In other words, DSPs are the heart and soul of everything we do here at DSC!
We are so proud of our Direct Support Professionals! All this week, we’re celebrating them, their passion, and the work they do to support people with disabilities in our community. Thank you, DSPs!
Want to shower a special DSP (or all of them) with love and appreciation? Click here bit.ly/45sevlD to share your story or words of thanks and appreciation.