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2018 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Raleigh, NC

    Tales from the Road: The Emerging Roles and Changing Expectations of the Direct Support Workforce


    Tuesday, Oct 2


    4:10pm - 5:00pm
    This keynote offers a chance to reflect on what we've learned from being "on the road" with our nation's direct support professionals.  We will also reflect on the changes coming to our system that are driven by funders, families and people with disabilities and how service organizations need to adopt some continuous quality improvement practices in their development of direct support. The focus of this session addresses some of the issues that direct support professionals across the country are telling NADSP about their work, what they need to be successful and offer suggestions that promote the notion that "Quality is defined at the point of interaction". Macbeth will share some stories from the road, and some "uncomfortable truths" to make you consider things a little differently.


    Joseph Macbeth
    Joseph M. Macbeth is the Executive Director at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for 35 years - beginning as a Direct Support Professional. Macbeth is recognized as a national leader in the advocacy and advancement the direct support profession and is a highly sought after speaker on the workforce crisis affecting human service provider organizations.