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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What We Are

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.

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.

Who We Are

Joseph Macbeth


Executive Director

National Leader for Advocacy


Recognized Speaker


35 Years of Experience


Desiree Loucks Baer


Assistant Executive Director

Experienced Service Provider


30 Years of Experience


John Raffaele, MSW

Director of Education Services

Experienced Educator and Trainer

Dan Hermreck

Director of Certification and Accreditation 

Experienced Educator and Mentor

Nicole Dama

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.

Our Services

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

Certification

Providing careers ladders for Direct Support Professionals to expand their knowledge, skills and values

Membership

The opportunity to support an organization that supports DSPs

Store

Your one place to order Code of Ethics materials and other NADSP products

Member Only Section

Your gateway to your members only section of the NADSP website

Other Services We Offer

Awards & Recognition

Recognizing quality and excellence

Annual Conference

Information on NADSP’s Annual Conference

Library

A digital library filled with some of NADSP’s proudest information

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