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Pauline: 42 Years of Excellence

Submitted by: Paula Nerone, Merakey Allegheny Valley School Pauline Seibert has served as Direct Support Professional for 42 years, and is employed at Merakey Allegheny Valley School (Merakey AVS), a human service organization headquartered in Coraopolis, PA. Merakey...

Jim: Supporting Jeremy To Bring A Book To Life

Submitted by: Cynthia Harvey, People Inc.During a person-centered planning session in 2015, Jeremy, a person receiving services through People Inc., shared that he had a dream to become a published poet, author and artist. With support from James (Jim) Jowsey, by...

Joseph: Providing Solutions In Direct Support

Submitted By: Merlynne Hancock, Koinonia Homes, Inc. Joseph Mwambo works as a Direct Support Professional for Koinonia Homes, Inc., a human services organization in Northeast Ohio that provides residential services, day programs, and employment services to adults with...

Brett: Advancing Employment Outcomes

Submitted By: Jodi Bopp, I Am Boundless Brett Breeze is an employment trainer who supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparing for employment. He is a dedicated employee for the Boundless family of companies. Boundless is based out of...

Samantha: A DSP With Dedication And Determination

Submitted By: Melissa Foote, Inspire* Name abbreviations have been used to protect the identity of the people described in this story. Samantha Moreno is a Direct Support Professional working for Inspire, a human service organization operating in Goshen, Newburgh and...

Susan: A Passion for Enhancing Lives

Submitted by: Kelly Fry, Penn-Mar Human ServicesSusan Nelson worked as a Direct Support Professional for Penn-Mar Human Services, an organization offering residential options, vocational training, supported employment, individual support services, transportation, and...

Tracy: Supporting A Boundless Life

Submitted By: Jodi Bopp, I Am Boundless Tracy Lezark has worked as a Direct Support Professional in supported living programs for more than 20 years, currently serving as a DSP for the Boundless family of companies. Boundless is based out of Ohio and has nearly forty...

Join Us In Welcoming Our New Board Members!

This week we are taking a moment to introduce you to our newest board members Katherine Dunbar, Chester Finn and Chet Tschetter. “As the NADSP continues to grow and advance our mission, it is important that we add leaders to our board who possess different areas of...

Got Any Milk? An NADSP Competency Blog

It was a typical morning. Darlene, a direct support professional who works in a supported living apartment complex with four people, heard shouting.  Darlene was in an office in the middle of the complex.  Darlene recognized the voice. It was Jeremy. Over the last...

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...