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 11th, 2022 through September 17th, 2022.

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 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.

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 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

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