Quality Supports, Quality Lives (2010)

A DVD illustrating the need for and importance of the work of Direct Support Professionals (DSP), while also highlighting some of the barriers faced by DSPs, such as low pay, lack of affordable health insurance, and insufficient training. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that one million new DSPs will be needed by 2016. DSPs support individuals with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions, and older adults so they can live, work and participate fully in their communities. Direct Support Professional job titles vary, and include in-home support worker, personal assistant, home health aide, job coach, direct support worker, and independent living skills instructor. These supports are essential across the lifespan to ensure that people who rely on supports can live healthy, safe lives. However the barriers lead to high turnover among DSPs, creating a workforce crisis that, combined with the aging of the nation, needs immediate attention from our nation's policymakers. The audience for this video is provider agencies, DSP networks, disability organizations, and those interested in improving the workforce. A portion of the proceeds from this video supports the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).

Staff: Jerry W Smith