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NADSP eFlash � February 25, 2013 


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NADSP Sponsoring Organizations



Delmar, NY


Welcome House

Westlake, OH


CUNY - School of Professional Studies

New York, NY


Koinonia Homes

Independence, OH

University of Minnesota
Middletown, NY
Alexandria, VA
Las Vegas, NV

Albany, NY

NADSP Supporting Organizations


Adirondack ARC



Apple Patch Community


ARC of Rensselaer County


Block Institute


Bost, Inc.


Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities


Cardinal Hayes Home for Children


Cardinal McCloskey Community Services


Catholic Charities     Disabilities Services


Cedar Lake� Inc.


Cerebral Palsey Association of NYS




Grace Community Services


Greystone Programs


Hope House Foundation




Jefferson Rehab Center


Job Path, Inc.


Larry McKinstry Services


Laura Baker Services Assn.


Mercy Home


New Hope Community


New Horizons Resources




Opportunity Enterprises


Orange AHRC


Outreach MRDD Services


Pathfinder Services


Residential Resources




Services for the Underserved


SPEAK (Kentucky)


SPIN, Inc.


The Resource Center


The Arc of Tennessee


Congratulations to Anderson Center for Autism

 2013 Moving Mountains Award


Located in Staatsburg, New York, the Anderson Center for Autism (ACA) offers all agency staff professional development opportunities through the ACA Career Ladder Learn and Earn Program. ACA created the Career Ladder Learn and Earn Program to support their mission and promise of serving people with ASD and developmental disabilities with the highest level of respect, integrity and competence available. It is ACA's philosophy that a highly trained and educated workforce will have the ability to provide a higher quality of care, create stronger and more meaningful loyal relationships, and provide an environment that is conducive to learning. Through the ACA Career Ladder Learn and Earn Program, DSPs are encouraged, supported, and compensated for increasing their skills and developing a broad knowledge base necessary to perform at the highest possible proficiency level. 

When the program began in 2002, the average number of college credits for a DSP working at ACA was 15. In 2008, the average number of college credits grew to 38. Now, in 2012, the average number of college credits for the DSP at ACA is 52. ACA strives to support staff in educating themselves to participate at levels that are more sophisticated and to build careers that they will look back upon and say, "It started at Anderson and I am proud of my accomplishments." Click here for more information on the ACA Career Learn and Earn Program.


The NADSP and the Research and Training Center at The University of Minnesota would like to congratulate the Anderson Center for Autism and thank all of our applicants that submitted proposals for this prestigious award.


NADSP and ANCOR Team Up to Offer

"DSPs to DC" -  April 29th & 30th


The 2013 "DSPs to DC" conference will provide opportunities for direct support professionals to meet your colleagues from across the country and to gain insight and inspiration from those who share your passion for your work. You'll learn exciting best practices and trends in supporting people with disabilities. It's an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and leadership skills, which will help your organization provide even better supports.



At "DSPs to DC", you will participate in interactive sessions in which the presenters, you and the other direct support professionals can share information and insights on what disability service provider organizations need to be, do and become. You'll have a chance to consider not just what it means to be a direct support professional today, but what it will mean to future generations of service users, their families and allies. (For example, what does it mean to be a direct support professional as more and more people direct their own services?) You'll learn how one organization is transforming itself to become a DSP-centric organization that focuses on career ladders and credentialing opportunities. You'll learn about the NADSP Code of Ethics and you'll have an opportunity to share how you have made a difference in the lives of the people you support. You will also learn how be a more powerful advocate with people with disabilities and to share your stories with your legislators.

The conference has an exciting list of presentors, including Lynne Seagle, Executive Director form Hope House Foundation who will be providing the Opening Keynote Address! The conference concludes on Tuesday afternoon, April 30, from 2:45 - 4:00 PM with the DSP Recognition Awards. We look forward to celebrating YOUR work at the DSPs to DC conference on April 29 - 30. Here's is much more information  that includes registration & hotel reservations and the agenda for the 2013 "DSPs to DC".



"Doing the Right Thing When Nobody is Looking" 

A One Day Exploration into The Code of Ethics


On a daily basis, direct support professionals are asked to navigate through a maze of ethical dilemmas and must often respond by using independent judgment and making critical decisions at a moment's notice. The outcomes of these decisions can literally be a matter of life and death for the person who is receiving supports.


The NADSP has developed a highly successful and popular one-day training program and will visit your organization to inspire, energize and educate your employees while making the code of ethics understandable and fun. While the day's discussions will center on direct support practice, all levels of your organization would benefit from understanding the ethical responsibilities in supporting people with disabilities.


The purpose of this one-day training is to help organizations immerse their staff into the complex world of ethics in a way that is fun, educational, measurable and most importantly meaningful.


Your organization will experience: 

  • TheFive Elements of Any Profession - including Direct Support. 
  • A "Code of Ethics Encounter"- An engaging & interactive role play that requires the audience to think quickly and ethically.
  • A facilitated discussion that explores the ethical encounters that your direct support professionals have experienced during their careers.
  • Small group sessions to deconstruct the code of ethics and connect its tenets to personal experiences and competency areas.
  • A recorded, large group exercise that connects the "relevance" and application of the code ethics to day-to-day activities.
  • A Commitment Ceremony: Attestation to the NADSP Code of Ethics and Wrap-Up.

To learn more about this new NADSP service, contact us today at 518-449-7551 or


NADSP Affiliate Organizations

Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities; ADVANTAGE Health Care Provider; AHRC-NYC;

ARC Broward; ARC of Southside; Cardinal Services; Citizen Advocates, Inc.; Community Support Services Inc; The Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL); DDI; Eggleston Services; Epilepsy Foundation of LI; Haitian Americans United for Progress� Inc.; Hampton Newport News Community Services Board; Hope Association, Inc.; Hopewell Center; Life's WORC; McComb Consulting & Government Relations; Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services; Regis Obijiski; OPG� Inc; Parent to Parent of NYS; Passages� Inc.; Presbyterian Homes & Family Services; Rural Living Environments; RWJMS/UMDNJ-The Boggs Center; Self Advocacy Association of NYS; St. Amant Community Residential Program (Canada); The Arc of Southside; Thumbs Up; West Side Support Services and WillGlo Services� Inc.