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 2022 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.
"The Arc is giving me the chance to grow as an employee and that is something I am grateful for.”
Mariel R., Compliance Specialist, The Arc Carroll County
“I was surprised how fast I was able to build connections with each new employee, and the impact we have on them.”
Heather, Direct Support Professional, Mountain Lake Services
“Personally, being featured in the Appreciation Corner showed me that staff are recognized by administration."
Antonio C., Direct Support Professional, Children’s Aid and Family Services
“I’m very proud of the fact that LCBDD recognizes the important work and contributions of DSPs."
Jason Umstot, Superintendent/CEO, Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities
"We saw excellent engagement from staff. People really got into it and the boost to morale is palpable.”
Rob Smith, Community Living New Zealand
Personal Outcome Measures® for Direct Support Professionals
- Overview of the POM, including the 5 Factors and 21 Indicators
- Vibrant discussion about the POM process
- Real-life examples of DSPs embracing the POM
- Strategies for implementing the POM into daily supports