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2018 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Raleigh, NC

    The 80% Solution: Practical Applications for Hiring, Developing, Keeping and Empowering Direct Support Professionals


    Tuesday, Oct 2


    2:00pm - 2:50pm


    We Have a DSP Problem.” We hear it all of the time. Home and Community-based Support Providers experience a crushingly high percentage of staff turnover, poor morale, and an inability to provide the high quality supports that people with disabilities and their families want and deserve. How do we fix it? The answer is complex and comprehensive. Approximately 80 % of the workforce in organizations and agencies that support people with disabilities is comprised of direct support professionals. They deliver the service and "product" that we all strive to assist people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives in the community. This session will describe an organizational cultural change system to focus agency culture to one that fortifies and bolsters the development and recognition of direct support professionals. 


    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.