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The Arc of Mississippi wants to recognize the importance of Direct Support Professionals in the lives of people with disabilities

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Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Direct Support Workforce Survey, 24-Month Follow Up

Over the past 24 months, direct support workers have experienced high risks of infection, hardship and exhaustion. Many have become ill and lost loved ones. The voices of DSPs and frontline supervisors matter, now more than ever. Show them you care about their wellbeing by sharing this confidential survey. The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, developed this survey to better understand the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support workers and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs, frontline supervisors, and the people they support. 

Please visit to complete the survey.

The survey closes on July 22, 2022. 

Help us celebrate Mississippi's dsp of the year!

Congratulations, Mary!

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Ongoing Staff Development in Disability Services

The impact on organizations, staff, and people with disabilities

A lack of direct support professional (DSP) training and preparation directly impacts the lives of people with disabilities. For example, research has found that one of the leading reasons people with disabilities are not supported to participate in the life of the community is due to a fear that staff are not prepared to mitigate risks. Drawing attention to these workforce issues, this webinar is comprised of two parts.

In the first part of this webinar, we describe our recent research about the impact ongoing staff development has on the health and safety of people with IDD. The findings suggest that by offering ongoing staff development, agencies can improve their service provision, and the health and safety of the people they support. For this reason, the second part of this webinar discusses best practices in implementing and promoting ongoing staff development at your organization.