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DDLS Fall 2019

Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support


October 25, 2019 - Duration 2.75 hrs

 

Amy Hewitt, PhD
Director
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN


Invaluable is a documentary film exploring the underappreciated and underfunded work of direct support professionals (DSPs), the people who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living full lives as members of their communities. Through stories and interviews with DSPs, family members, advocates, and people with disabilities from across the country, the film honors the complexity of the work and the immense value they provide to individuals receiving support. This session will explore the profession of direct support through film, presentation, and discussion focused on finding solutions in New Jersey.


Audio File (mp3 file)

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Handout Packet (PDF)

Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support film and additional resources available on the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration web site

 

 

DDLS On-the-Go

The inaugural episode of the DDLS On-the-Go podcast, “Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support,” features  Amy Hewitt, PhD, Director of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. Listeners will learn:

  • The primary challenges contributing to the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce Crisis
  • How the DSP Workforce Crisis impacts people with developmental disabilities, their families, and provider organizations
  • Effective strategies for addressing issues related to DSP recruitment and retention
  • Recommendations for advocacy around DSP Workforce Issues

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