As recent as 40 years ago, individuals with I/DD who could not live independently or with family members faced one option: confinement to a public institution. However, increasing numbers of direct support professionals (DSP) now enable persons with I/DD to return to their homes and receive assistance and support to become integrated into his/her community. NCCDD values person-centered supports and the ability of the DSP to follow the individual path suggested by the preferences and needs of each person they support, and to walk in partnership with that person and those who love them toward a life of opportunity, well-being, freedom and contribution. Policies must be in place in each state and nationally, to set high standards and expectations for both the training and performance of all direct support professionals. In addition, the capacity of the DSP professional network to provide both educational and emotional support to its members is needed.
North Carolina Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NCADSP):