National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NASDSP)

January 1, 2007

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We have organized our membership into committees to develop strategies to address each of the following goals (in order of priority):

  1. Enhance the status of direct support professionals.
  2. Provide better access for all direct support professionals to high quality educational experiences (e.g., in-service training, continuing and higher education) and lifelong learning which enhances competency.
  3. Strengthening the working relationships and partnerships between direct support professionals, self-advocates, and other consumer groups and families.
  4. Promote systems reform which provides incentives for educational experiences, increased compensation, and access to career pathways for direct support professionals through the promotion of policy initiatives (e.g., legislation, funding, practices).
  5. Support the development and implementation of a national volunteer credentialling process for direct support professionals.