Do you know the full scope of what Direct Support Professionals do? DSPs provide critical care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Not only are they caregivers helping with daily needs, but they also help individuals work towards independence and community inclusion by teaching life/employment skills.
The main goal of a DSP is to empower each individual and help them reach their goals. Whether that is to find a job in the community or to find community programs that they can be a part of.
No formal training or education is required to become a DSP. Those who are 18 or older, with a high school diploma can become a DSP where they can receive training.
Those who are interested in becoming a DSP after high school can participate in the Education and Family Careers program at EHOVE, which gives juniors and seniors background to become a DSP, STN, teachers aid, and more. To learn more about becoming a DSP, head to dspohio.org.