Direct Support Professional Week 2021

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Direct Support Professional Week 2021

Direct Support Professional Week

September 12-18, 2021

Each year we celebrate and recognize the tireless efforts of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at Bancroft and around the country. DSPs are the heart of what matters most to the people we support. 

What is a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are caregivers who work with people with physical or intellectual/developmental disabilities, helping them with daily activities and supporting them in integrating into the community and achieving greater levels of independence. 

A male student in a gray crew neck and a female paraprofessional in a maroon shirt make two grilled cheese sandwiches

At Bancroft, our 2,000 DSPs are the heart of what we do. They’re the lifeblood of the care and services we provide.  You know them by a variety of titles: Program Associate, Job Coach, Group Room Supervisor, Activities Specialist (and so many others) – but no matter what we call them, their work is the same: To help the people they support live full and happy lives; to empower them to live their best lives. From the moment a person wakes up, to the moment they close their eyes at night (and even while they sleep), DSPs are there. 

DSPs are a critical force in the human services industry, vital to the care of those living with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities and brain injuries and indispensable in life-sustaining programs and support services. Nationally 1.5 million people rely on them for support. The care we provide can not be done without them. 

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