ANCOR, in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, is proud to share this Direct Support Professional Toolkit with you.

Whether you’re someone searching for a rewarding career and are eager to learn more about being a Direct Support Professional (DSP), or you represent a community provider supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this Toolkit has been designed with your needs and challenges in mind.

Tools for Employers

You know the significant challenges you face in attracting, recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce–and the impact your workforce has on your ability support individuals in the community with the level of quality they deserve. To aid in overcoming these challenges, this Toolkit has been designed for you. In this Toolkit, you’ll find a range of resources you can use in your efforts, including:

  • A realistic job preview
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Recruiting flyers
  • Interviewing resources
  • A DSP turnover calculator

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Tools for Future DSPs

We’ve all been there: we dream of having a career, but what we have instead is a job. It helps us earn a paycheck, but we want more. We want to feel fulfilled. We want to work with people. And, most of all, we want to make a positive impact and know that our efforts make a difference.

If these are your dreams, but you aren’t currently achieving your dreams, then it may be time to consider a career as a DSP. DSPs are on the frontlines for the community providers they work for, providing support directly to individuals with disabilities to ensure they can be integrated into the community.

This Toolkit offers a range of resources for those considering becoming a DSP, as well as those who don’t know anything about what it means to be a DSP but are looking for a career change. It includes:

  • Sample position descriptions
  • Spotlights on DSPs doing excellent work

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