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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.

Our Team



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


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


The opportunity to support an organization that supports DSPs

Member Only Section

Your gateway to your members only section of the NADSP website


A collection of reports, guides, and articles for professional development

Our Other Offerings


Awards & Recognition

Recognizing quality and excellence

Annual Conference

Information on NADSP’s Annual Conference


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