Every September, the human services field devotes one week to express gratitude for the commitment and contributions of direct support professionals (DSPs). In 2022, National DSP Recognition Week takes place from September 11-17. Throughout the week, organizations regularly host award ceremonies, staff luncheons, raffle giveaways, etc. Along with that, there are also agencies that have implemented long-lasting programs that concentrate on the systemic issues that DSPs face, such as low wages, high turnover, and limited career opportunities – just to list a few.
Similar to our campaigns during previous years, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership are working together to amplify programs that address these DSP workforce issues. We are looking for organization-wide initiatives that have effectively confronted topics such as:
- Improving recruitment
- Reducing turnover
- Increasing wages
- Implementing professional development
- Promoting career advancement
- Soliciting DSP feedback
- Including DSPs in organizational leadership
- Responding to DSP needs
- Recognizing DSPs year-round
NADSP and CQL will be publishing and sharing these programs through articles posted on our websites, which will be sent out via email and social media. This campaign is intended to spread best practices and help other organizations replicate these programs.
Submit Your DSP Program
After clicking the ‘Submit Program’ button, you will be directed to a survey for submitting your organization-wide program that positively impacts DSPs. You can submit multiple entries, but please only submit one program per survey submission. Before submitting your program, please be sure that you can answer “Yes” to the following questions:
- Is this a specific program or initiative? (vs. a mission/vision statement)
- Does your initiative/program have a long-lasting impact?
- Has there been a positive effect on the lives/work of DSPs?
- Are you able to provide DSP testimonials/quotes about that impact?
- Could other organizations replicate your efforts?
The deadline for submitting your program is 8/3/22.
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2021 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Campaign
During 2021 DSP Recognition Week, which occurred from September 12th through September 18th, 2021, CQL and NADSP collected and shared organizational programs that make a long-lasting impact on direct support professionals.Learn More