An Overview Of The DSP Recognition Week Campaign

Who Is Involved?

During the national 2019 DSP Recognition Week, CQL partnered with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and ANCOR.

When Did It Start?

This campaign took place during Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, occurring from September 8th, 2019 through September 14th, 2019.

What Is The Project?

CQL and NADSP shared stories throughout DSP Recognition Week, to honor the dedication of Direct Support Professionals in their daily work.

Why Was It Created?

While Direct Support Professionals regularly demonstrate innovative approaches in human services, their efforts are often not recognized.

Where Is The Impact?

Through real-life examples of best practices, the benefits are immeasurable for individuals, employees, and organizations across the country.

How Does It Help The Field?

These stories offer guidance about the implementation of person-centered practices, which can be replicated by other support providers.

Inside The DSP Recognition Week Campaign

There are endless stories of effective, innovative, and responsive services being provided by Direct Support Professionals. Despite the importance of their work and especially the positive impact it has on the lives of people with disabilities, these stories often go untold.

DSP Recognition Week

Every year in September, the human services field dedicates a week to acknowledge Direct Support Professionals and express gratitude for their contributions, skills, and expertise. During Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, DSPs are recognized and celebrated in a variety of ways, including state proclamations, special gifts, luncheons, award ceremonies, and more.

Honor A DSP • Submit A Story

In this annual campaign, CQL, NADSP, and ANCOR solicit stories about excellence in direct support. People receiving services and provider organizations submit articles, videos, and audio clips about DSPs who are utilizing best practices to help people achieve their personally-defined outcomes. These stories of excellence are then shared throughout DSP Recognition Week.

DSP Recognition Week Campaign Partners

The project for DSP Recognition Week involves a collaboration between CQL, NADSP, and ANCOR.


NADSP is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals.




ANCOR is a national trade association representing 1,600+ private community providers of services to people with disabilities.



"The key to Joshua’s effectiveness is his ability to really get to know each person through the Personal Outcome Measures® process."

Maryann Greco, Life's WORC

"By using the Personal Outcome Measures®, Diane understands that all people have a right to choose their own personal goals."

Nicole DelPrete, Person Centered Care Services

"Beth has used the Personal Outcomes Measures® to help support opportunities for a more meaningful day."

Mary Costner, RHA Health Services

Related Videos

These videos provide additional guidance and information about how DSPs can use the Personal Outcome Measures® in their everyday services.

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