Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Think Tank Recommendations

| Report/Brief

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and its LEAD Center convened a Think Tank of national experts to identify and make recommendations regarding challenges faced by the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce and possible federal actions that could mitigate the challenges. DSPs are skilled professionals who support people with disabilities to attain and retain employment. They may serve as job coaches who provide direct employer assistance and other services such as help with daily living activities when needed.

Read the recommendations and background memo “Valuing Women’s Direct Care Work” to learn more about:

  • DSP Career Pathways and Training;
  • Professionalization of DSPs as a Distinct Occupation;
  • Enhancing Wages and Benefits; and
  • DSPs as a Career Path for People with Disabilities.