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Two NADSP Credentialing Models: A Comparison by Dan Hermreck

Written by Director of Certification and Accreditation Dan Hermreck How do you know if a direct support professional (DSP) is competent? How can you tell if they provide high-quality support? One of NADSP’s roles is to provide a path to national certification for DSPs...

Community Living Skills and Supports by Dan Hermreck

Community Living Skills and Supports by Dan Hermreck Doing laundry. Buying groceries. Preparing meals. Washing dishes. Mowing the lawn. There are always many tasks that need to be completed in our personal lives. There are always many chores to do. While we might all...

Who Do I Work For? Organizational Participation

As a direct support professional who do I ultimately work for? Many direct support professionals have a fierce loyalty to the people they support. This is a good thing! However, it is the aim of this article to expand the perspective of a direct support professional’s...

Assessment and Discovery; “Something is not quite right.”

Something is not quite right.  Joan seems to, “not be herself”.  Joan has less energy in the evenings than she usually has. She is taking more time in the bathroom than usual. Joan is waking up in the middle of the night more often than she ever has in the past.  All...

We Won an Award!

It has been an exciting week over here at NADSP. We started the week rallying for bFair2DirectCare with hundreds of direct support professionals, self advocates and family members at the NYS Capitol for wage increases for DSPs. BFair2DirectCare is the New York wage...

DSP Competencies: Communication and Empowerment

When I think about the NADSP Competency of Communication, I often think about conversations I used to have with a gentleman I’ll call “Fred”. I would only see Fred from time to time, and I often had difficulty understanding what he was trying to tell me. He would...

The NADSP Competency Connection

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) values and respects the great work of the millions of direct support professionals in North America.  One important aspect of the organization is our commitment to contributing to the knowledge, skills and...