Conclusion to the special issue: Understanding the direct support workforce in the United States

Amy S. Hewitt, Carol B. Laws

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Abstract

This special issue sheds light on the needs of the direct support professionals (DSPs), as well the possibilities when positive practices are implemented. A commitment to quality services and quality lives requires a commitment to finding solutions that better support DSPs so they can afford (emotionally, physically and financially) to keep doing the work they love. Improving supports to people with IDD is contingent on improving the compensation, working conditions, professional development, and career opportunities of DSPs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-252
Number of pages2
JournalIntellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

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Keywords

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Direct support professionals
  • Direct support workforce
  • Intellectual disability

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