The National Association for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) says:
"Direct Support Professionals assist people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in realizing their full potential and becoming valued and participating members of their communities. Their work is complex and goes well beyond caregiving, requiring skills including independent problem solving, decision making, behavioral assessment and prevention, medication administration, health and allied health treatment, teaching new skills, crisis prevention and intervention and more. The job duties of a DSP may resemble those of teachers, nurses, social workers, counselors, physical or occupational therapists, dieticians, chauffeurs, personal trainers, and others. Their work requires strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships with the people they support and their families. DSPs may work in family or individual homes, intermediate care facilities, residential group homes, community job sites, vocational and day programs, and other locations. Their work is determined by the unique needs and preferences of the individuals they support and they are held to high ethical and professional standards."
The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is highly dependable and detail oriented. The DSP supports adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in their home with a variety of tasks in accordance with the mission of C.A.R.E., Inc.
Job duties include: