Ep 172: Empowering Direct Support Professionals: Innovations and Advocacy in IDD Featuring OADSP

In this enlightening episode of the Friends for Life Podcast, hosts Tony and Paul welcome Bethany and Becky from the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) to discuss the transformative work they’re doing in the field of developmental disabilities. Recorded at the OADSP conference, this conversation sheds light on the innovative approaches and programs OADSP is implementing to support direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors, aiming to spark positive change and ensure individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their goals.

Bethany and Becky dive into the latest happenings at OADSP, including their efforts in leadership development and the impactful DSPU program. This unique high school program is designed to equip seniors with the skills and credentials needed to embark on a career as a DSP, offering a blend of education, internships, and competency-based achievements. They emphasize the program’s role in addressing workforce crises, fostering purpose-driven work, and laying a solid foundation for various career paths.

The episode also explores the challenges of maintaining a stable DSP workforce, the importance of advocacy, and the personal growth opportunities available through OADSP’s leadership programs. With a mix of personal anecdotes, program insights, and a shared passion for making a difference, Bethany and Becky highlight the critical role of DSPs in creating a better world for individuals with developmental disabilities. Whether you’re a seasoned professional in the field, considering a career as a DSP, or simply interested in learning more about the impactful work being done to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community, this episode offers valuable perspectives and inspiring stories of change and empowerment.

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