Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week Sept. 9-15
Did you know? DSP Workforce Facts
• More than 300,000 Americans with disabilities are languishing on waiting lists for desperately needed services. The average wait is 8-10 years.
• By 2020, an estimated 1.2 million DSPs will be needed to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an increase of 37 percent or roughly 323,000 jobs.
• DSP turnover averages 38 percent in the private sector compared with 15 percent among their state-employed counterparts. High turnover greatly reduced the consistency and quality of supports received by people with disabilities.
Facts Source: NADSP
Pictured above: Kecia Padilla, lead developmental specialist, shares a laugh with Beth McGowen.