COVID-19 Update
November 30, 2020

NADSP Survey: Providing Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are sharing an opportunity from The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) for Direct Support Professionals to provide input about the impact of COVID-19 on their work and lives, and the resources that would best support them. While it is not mandatory, the survey feedback will be incredibly valuable, and we strongly encourage you to forward the survey to the direct support professionals that you employ. Their answers will be anonymous. National and state-specific results from the survey will be shared widely in March 2021. 
DSPs, like the people with disabilities they support, face a high risk of infection during the coronavirus pandemic. They also face financial hardship, exhaustion, and challenges in supporting their families.

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the NADSP, is conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on DSPs. After more than eight months since a national emergency was declared, we want to know how DSPs are doing and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support.

A similar survey of DSPs was conducted by ICI and NADSP in the spring of 2020 and completed by more than 9,000 DSPs. Those results are available here. The new survey is for both DSPs who completed the earlier survey and those who did not.

The Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country. ICI's collaborative research, training, and information-sharing ensure that people with disabilities are valued by, included in, and contribute to their communities of choice throughout their lifetime.

NADSP is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards; promoting system reform; and advancing their knowledge, skills, and values. Our vision is a world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports, and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.
This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.

Josh Christiana, Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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