An Overview Of The DSP Recognition Week Campaign

Who Is Involved?

During Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, CQL partnered with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).

When Did It Start?

This campaign took place during Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, occurring from September 12th, 2021 through September 18th, 2021.

What Is The Project?

CQL and NADSP shared stories throughout DSP Recognition Week to highlight programs that empower DSPs during the entire year.

Why Was It Created?

Although direct support professionals are recognized during DSP Recognition Week, the gratitude is often short-lived and short-term.

Where Is The Impact?

By sharing programs that have meaningful effect on DSPs, this campaign can help address the most pressing workforce crisis issues.

How Does It Help The Field?

These examples of programs that positively impact DSPs have the potential to be replicated across the human services field.

Inside The DSP Recognition Week Campaign

During DSP Recognition Week, NADSP and CQL posted these initiatives on their websites and social media accounts to help spread best practices and improve the standing of DSPs nationwide.

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 Your Initiative

In this 2021 campaign, CQL and NADSP solicited examples of organization-wide initiatives that lift up and bolster DSPs throughout the entire year. This included significant, long-lasting, and meaningful actions that have far-reaching effects on DSPs. The campaign could help other human service providers both learn about and replicate efforts to build up the DSP workforce.

DSP Recognition Week Campaign Partners

The project involves a collaboration between CQL and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).


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



“The internship program also helped me to be better prepared for my role as a direct support professional."

Adrianna C., The Arc Lexington, Human Services Intern

“The Career Path is not only beneficial to us DSPs, but to people receiving services as well."

Katrina S., Wildwood Programs, Direct Support Professional

“The wonderful management team we have makes DSPs feel like the heart of the agency."

Glenda G., Core Services, Direct Support Professional

“The training strengthens my work as a DSP by enabling me to better communicate with the person I support and staff members.”

Tenneh, SEEC, Direct Support Professional

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