Frontline Initiative

A series covering the issues important to direct support professionals and supervisors who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other disabilities in a variety of community settings. Each feature issue contains resources, perspectives, and strategies to advance the profession of direct support.

  • Choice, Direction, and Control

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) encouraging the people they support to exercise choice, direction, and control over their lives. DSPs also support people who have relationships with guardians or who utilize supported decision-making. This issue of *Frontline Initiative* includes important, accessible information for DSPs on these topics. (Publication Date: November 27, 2017)

  • Person-Centered Practices

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) exploring person-centered practices. This issue of *Frontline Initiative* brought together voices on what has been happening in this work around the country. Person-Centered Thinking is a dynamic skill that considers how a person truly wants to direct their lives. People who receive services are often expected to conform and fit into routines and procedures set up by service providers or caregivers. But current service standards, which include state and federal requirements, are providing more room for person-centered practices. Person-centered practices are at the forefront as services shift away from a system-centered focus. (Publication Date: April 21, 2017)

  • Trauma-Informed Care

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) exploring trauma-informed care. This issue of *Frontline Initiative* provides background information on trauma-informed care and offers DSPs specific ways to provide positive, trauma-informed supports. All people can experience trauma; traumatic experiences can make a person feel threatened and can have lasting effects on a person's life. Trauma-informed care is an approach that affirms the lasting impact that traumatic experiences can have on people's lives, and how those experiences can impact a person's present actions. Trauma-informed care takes a thoughtful approach about these experiences. It is proactive in providing support that helps prevent further crises. (Publication Date: December 22, 2015)

  • Social Capital

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) exploring the importance of social capital in the lives of the people they support. Social capital is the value a person gets from participating in social networks, such as families, friends, school, work, and faith-based organizations. Involvement of people with disabilities in social networks also brings value to the community. Integrated communities provider richer experiences for all. These networks help people find jobs, homes, transportation, advisors, volunteer opportunities, and confidants. Individuals with developmental disabilities often have small social networks and limited opportunities to gain social capital, but families and DSPs understand this problem and this issue of *Frontline Initiative* may help solve it. (Publication Date: May 13, 2014)

  • DSP Recognition

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) recognizing their accomplishments and telling their career stories about supporting people with disabilities. A critical part of recognizing DSPs is educating, training, and credentialing them to further their careers and this issue offers useful information on how to do that - and thus develop the Direct Support workforce. (Publication Date: September 01, 2013)

  • Dual Diagnosis

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives related to providing effective supports for individuals with "dual diagnoses," meaning people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who also have psychiatric disabilities. (Publication Date: July 31, 2013)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Publication Date: March 29, 2013)

  • Later Life Supports

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals providing a variety of perspectives related to effectively supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in later life. (Publication Date: December 01, 2012)

  • Healthcare

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals approaching healthcare from multiple perspectives; it also provides useful information that is needed to support people with disabilities in making good choices related to their health. (Publication Date: June 01, 2012)

  • Code of Ethics

    A newsletter issue explaining how the NADSP Code of Ethics, adopted in 2001, guides Direct Support Professionals through ethical dilemmas at work. (Publication Date: January 01, 2012)

  • Working with Families

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively working with families of the individuals they support - most of whom live with a family member. (Publication Date: December 01, 2011)

  • DSPs and Technology

    A newsletter issue encouraging Direct Support Professionals to think about how to use technology to more effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: June 01, 2011)

  • Employment Supports

    A newsletter issue highlighting the roles Direct Support Professionals play in supporting people with disabilities to find and keep satisfying employment. (Publication Date: January 01, 2010)

  • State Chapter Development

    A newsletter issue explaining how Direct Support Professionals can benefit from their NADSP state chapter - and how they can start their own. (Publication Date: December 01, 2009)

  • Spirituality

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on spirituality within the framework of NADSP's Code of Ethics and providing training materials to more effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: June 01, 2009)

  • DSP Recognition

    A newsletter issue highlighting the recognition of the work of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), including examples of ways in which agencies recognize DSPs, the role of credentialing in elevating recognition of the profession, what DSPs say about the types of recognition that are important to them, the recognition of DSP work in public policy, and more. (Publication Date: December 01, 2008)

  • Credentialing

    A newsletter issue explaining how credentialing Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) can heighten professionalism among DSPs and improve public perceptions of their work. (Publication Date: December 01, 2007)

  • Workforce Development

    A newsletter issue containing examples of efforts across the country to help community human service agencies, individuals, and family employers find, train, and keep high quality DSPs (also known as DSP Workforce Development). (Publication Date: December 01, 2006)

  • DSP Perspectives

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) offering various DSP perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: January 01, 2006)

  • Supporting and Networking with Families

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) focusing on how they can effectively work closely with families in order to create the highest quality of life possible for people with disabilities. (Publication Date: January 01, 2005)

  • Aging

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities who are getting older. (Publication Date: December 01, 2004)

  • Documentation

    A newsletter issue addressing the documentation process for Direct Support Professionals, including writing daily notes about how they are supporting an individual with disabilities, charting goals and objectives, and writing in staff communication logs. (Publication Date: January 01, 2004)

  • Coping with Disaster

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities as they cope with disaster and its aftermath. (Publication Date: January 01, 2003)

  • Legislative Advocacy

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities by advocating for them and their issues through the legislative process. (Publication Date: December 01, 2002)

  • Changing Roles

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities as they move into their communities, gain control of their resources and services, and decide their lives for themselves. (Publication Date: January 01, 2002)

  • Ethics

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively - and ethically - supporting individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: December 01, 2001)

  • Teamwork

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities through teamwork by interacting with their co-workers, participating on their consumers' support teams, and becoming involved in agency-wide teams. (Publication Date: January 01, 2001)

  • Credentialing

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities by gaining the credentials to do so. (Publication Date: April 01, 2000)

  • Diversity

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting diverse individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: January 01, 2000)

  • Tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering a tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999), a great advocate for individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: October 01, 1999)

  • Complex Needs

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities with complex needs. (Publication Date: August 01, 1999)

  • Self-Determination

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities as they decide for themselves how to spend their lives. (Publication Date: April 01, 1999)

  • International Issue

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) showing how DSPs in other countries effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: January 01, 1999)

  • Professionalism

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities by becoming more professional in their work habits and attitude. (Publication Date: October 01, 1998)

  • Stress and Burnout

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals showing how they can cope with stress while still effectively supporting individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: August 01, 1998)

  • Communication

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities by communicating better with them. (Publication Date: April 01, 1998)

  • Change

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals with disabilities as they cope with change. (Publication Date: January 01, 1998)

  • Training

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals showing how training can help them more effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: April 01, 1997)

  • Relationships

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals showing how building relationships can help them more effectively support individuals with disabilities. (Publication Date: January 01, 1997)

  • Premier Issue

    A newsletter issue for Direct Support Professionals offering various perspectives on effectively supporting individuals through this and future issues of the series. (Publication Date: October 01, 1996)