National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
Together, we are working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. We recognize that people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships.
In 1996, NADSP’s ideological founder, John F. Kennedy Jr. wrote "Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability”. Given this, NADSP’s mission is to enhance the quality of support provided to people with disabilities through the provision of products, services, and certifications which elevate the status of direct support workers, improve practice standards, promote systems reform and, most importantly, advance the knowledge, skills, and values of direct support workers.
NADSP envisions a world where people with intellectual and other disabilities live community-based lives of their choosing supported by a highly qualified direct support workforce with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to support them in achieving their life goals.
New Hampshire's NADSP Chapter:
New Hampshire Alliance of Direct Support Professionals
Monthly, on the 4th Tuesday of the month
6 PM - 8 PM at the NHCDD office
Visit the NADSP website
Visit the NH Chapter's Facebook page
Annual DD Council Events:
Direct Support Professional (DSP) Conference
Click here to download the program for the October, 2016 event
Yellow Flag DSP Appreciation Day
This year, the Direct Support Professional Yellow Flag Appreciation event took place on the State House lawn in Concord, NH on September 9th, 2016. The purpose of this event, brought to New Hampshire by Barbara Wilson, is to elevate the awareness and importance of the direct support profession. Each Yellow Flag will have the name of a DSP and the individual that they work with (made by people with disabilities, families and others). Over 1,000 Yellow Flags will be flying which represent the many dedicated and committed Direct Support Professionals who proudly serve citizens with disabilities in our state.
We encourage anyone who is touched by a Direct Support Professional to make a flag of their own - a person with a disability, their families, a friend or associates. Come join us in Concord on September 10th and add it to our collection.
Photos from the 2016 Yellow Flag DSP Appreciation event
Left: David Oullette, DDC Project Director; Right: Governor Maggie Hassan with Robin Carlson, DSP
Important instructions for making a flag:
The following is an opening speech given by Robin Carlson, a Direct Support Professional, at the Yellow Flag event on September 11, 2015.
Thank you all for coming today to this magnificent celebration-the Yellow Flag Campaign.
Direct Support Professionals in NH and around our country who have chosen this career to serve citizens with disabilities are foundational players in our larger human service system.
Just like our soldiers who sign up to protect our country-defend our freedom and our life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness-we too are an army of servants who protect and serve our most vulnerable citizens.
Robert McAfee Brown, a Presbyterian minister and social justice activist, once said, “A moral society will express special concern for the powerless. A society will be moral to the degree that those in it are ceaselessly concerned about those who lack power; those who will therefore be victimized.”
People with disabilities have been victimized with a long history of institutionalization, lack of adequate funding and resources and less than a high measure of respect.
By default, those who directly work for them suffer from low wages, lackluster benefits and credentials that could get you a job at McDonalds.
This is proof that we still have a long way to go until our society becomes the moral powerhouse it has the potential to be.
So we must continue to fight the good fight of helping our fellow human beings who experience disabilities to live a good life of their choosing in NH and everywhere.
We can do that by strengthening a workforce that has high standards, a live-able wage and good healthcare.
We must find the courage and tenacity to challenge the status quo because our goal is to create a just and moral society where the powerful leaders see all their citizens as valuable.
Yellow Flag DSP Appreciation event, 2014
Presentation on the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)