Individuals with developmental disabilities rely everyday on Direct Support Workers to provide the assistance they need. Whether that assistance takes place in a day program or employment situation, a group home, a family home, or their own home, it is the most important factor in their lives. Direct Support Workers are the people who put food in their mouths, interpret often atypical communication, and facilitate interaction in their communities as well as guarantee their health and safety.
Trained, accessible Direct Support Workers assure the dignity, quality of life, and survival of individuals with developmental disabilties.
At some point in their children's lives, family caregivers can no longer be the primary caregivers for their children with developmental disabilities. Whether parents are caring for adults with significant needs or adults with minimal needs for support, the day will come when they cannot be the loving hands and kind voices there for them no matter what. The wear and tear of years of physical care, dealing with intense behavioral issues, and their own health and aging issues demand that families make plans to meet the lifelong needs of their children.
Skilled, compassionate Direct Support Workers allow families to trust that their loved ones could survive in this world without them.
The Direct Support Workforce is currently in crisis. A workforce adequate in capacity and skill to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and complex population does not exist. Record vacancy and turnover is threatenting the health and safety of individuals with developmental disabilities.