The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Vision
A world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.
Our Vision, Mission, and Values
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills and values. Our vision is a world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.
NADSP values the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life through the provision of person-centered supports. We believe that high quality support requires all professionals to follow the individual path suggested by the unique gifts, preferences, and needs of each person they support, and to walk in partnership with the person, and those who love him or her, toward a life of opportunity, well-being, freedom, and contribution.
President and CEO
National Leader for Advocacy
35 Years of Experience
Desiree Loucks Baer
Experienced Service Provider
30 Years of Experience
John Raffaele, MSW
Director of Education Services
Experienced Educator and Trainer
Director of Certification and Accreditation
Experienced Educator and Mentor
Office and Communications Manager
Our Guiding Principles
- All direct support professionals benefit from access to well-constructed educational experiences (e.g., in-service training, continuing and higher education) and lifelong learning;
- Certifying highly qualified workers incentivizes continuing education, increased compensation, and access to career pathways for direct support professionals thereby improving retention;
- Values and ethical decision making can be learned and infused into daily practice; and
- Strengthening relationships and partnerships between direct support professionals, self-advocates, and other consumer groups and families improves the quality of support.
Training & Technical Assistance
NADSP offers a variety of training and technical assistance products based on our Code of Ethics
Competency Areas & Code of Ethics
NADSP has created a Code of Ethics and 15 competency areas for Direct Support Professionals
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