Behind the scenes in virtually every agency which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a quiet hero, a Direct Support Professional (DSP).
Opengate joins the nation in recognizing the hard work and service of DSPs during the annual National Direct Support Professional Week, September 11-17, 2016. In addition to their dedication, compassion, and skills, they fulfill a critical role in the lives of the vulnerable people who need them most.
DSPs wear various hats as they tend to the unique needs of those they work with on a daily basis. Every individual comes with distinct necessities that a DSP is trained to handle.
The list of responsibilities of a DSP is staggering. They create the foundation of support for each individual in their care, ensuring they receive personalized attention and assistance to achieve their best outcomes.
DSPs nurture and encourage individuals to rise and meet the challenges they face and support their efforts to participate in new interests and pursue their goals, living their lives to the fullest.
Not only are DSPs daily caregivers, they are the liaison between residents and families, sharing in their achievements, and earning trust and loyalty through building relationships. They are the lifeline of our agency, and we honor the work they do every day as they connect with our residents and program participants through their caring and compassion.
Thank you, DSPs, for your service to others, your loyalty, and sensitivity. Yours is not just another job that anyone can do, but an honorable profession.