One of our favorite weeks of the year is finally here: Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. This year it occurs Sept. 13-19, though we’d say there’s a good case for dedicating all of 2020 to our DSPs!
We are sharing our deep gratitude and appreciation for the many DSPs that continue to work in dedication to providing vital services and guidance in service of individuals with disabilities across northern Minnesota.
DSPs have often been overlooked while continuing to serve on the frontlines throughout the pandemic. As the primary providers of community-based support services for tens of thousands of individuals with disabilities in Minnesota, DSPs employed by ODC and similar organizations are valued for their work in building close, respectful, and trusted relationships with clients to assist them in reaching their full potential.
These essential services allow individuals with disabilities to stay connected to family, friends, coworkers, and their communities. DSPs serve as mentors to clients as they pursue life and work skills training and explore employment opportunities, which helps these individuals define and live a quality life of their own.
Supporting informed choices and person-centered practices, many community providers (including ODC!) maintain access to quality training programs designed to prepare prospective DSPs in service of clients to assist with job exploration and matching with an ideal employer.
More than ever before, DSPs have shown they are instrumental in ensuring safety while continuing to maintain dedicated support and care for those they serve. We recognize these valued team members for their ongoing service.
Specializing in providing employment training and support for populations of individuals with diverse disabilities and vocational needs, ODC works in partnership with community businesses to facilitate options for inclusive and sustainable employment that result in greater independence.