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DSPs make a differenceANCOR, 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.

COVID-19 Resources for Employers & Future DSPs

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, disability service providers find the struggle to recruit and retain direct support professionals even more pronounced than usual. Meanwhile, workers from a range of industries—restaurants, hotels, travel and tourism, and more—are finding themselves laid off and without work. Recognizing that now may be the perfect time for displaced workers to find their next passion in our profession, ANCOR has created a series of tools designed to help connect employers with potential job seekers to create opportunity in the midst of crisis.

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:

Ready to get started? Learn more and access the Tools for Employers.

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:

Ready to get started? Learn more and access the Tools for Future DSPs.