Nationwide, there are approximately 1.4 million individuals who require professional support in order to live and work in their own communities rather than an institution. Unfortunately, there are only about 875,000 direct support workers.
Through the National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR supports the professionalization of and provides recognition to the Direct Support Workforce.
The National Advocacy Campaign promotes the professionalization of the Direct Support Professional workforce through partnerships with the Department of Labor, the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals and the College of Direct Support.
These partnerships provide a framework training and professional development through the DOL Apprenticeship Program, NADSP accreditation and CDS training programs.
Additionally, ANCOR recognizes the dedication and vital role DSPs play in supporting individuals with disabilities through the annual DSP of the Year Recognition Contest. ANCOR also promotes nationwide appreciation for the DSP workforce during DSP Week by advocating for federal and state proclamations and encouraging providers and communities to honor DSPs during this week.