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What is a Direct Support Professional?

posted by Katie Slade on Thursday, September 17, 2015

What is a Direct Support Professional?

In the words of a person served, “They are there when I need help.” Another person supported by EPI stated, “They push me to be the best person I can be.”

One DSP stated, “A DSP sees the individuals we support not for their disabilities but for their abilities.” While this is the voice of just one DSP, we know it’s a belief shared by many and what makes the DSPs at EPI among the very best.

Every year, one week in September is nationally recognized as Direct Support Professionals Week. This year, DSP Recognition Week is September 13 - September 19. 

Within EPI it’s a time we slow down and sincerely thank the DSPs we count on each and every day.  But, it’s not the only time we recognize the dedication and commitment of our DSPs.  Each month we award a DSP of the Month.  It’s something that not only means a lot to the DSP who receives it but also to the staff who gets to present the award as well. The outstanding DSPs that receive these awards have been nominated by their peers for their accomplishments, the relationships they develop, the advocacy they put forth, the sacrifices they make, the creativity they showcase, and the leadership skills they possess. 

If you know a DSP, take the time to express your appreciation today and every day.

About The Author

As the Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI), Katie believes in EPI's vision of - working together we will realize a future where all people are recognized and valued – encouraged and supported to live, work, and grow – in their communities. At EPI w ... read more