There are more than 5.4 million adults with autism in the United States (CDC). Many autistic and neurodivergent adults are supported by Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).
The role of a DSP can be multi-faceted, similar to many licensed healthcare professionals (see chart). Their mandated training, however, only focuses on safety and compliance. This leaves DSPs without the tools to support the well-being of the whole person, this starts with guidance from DSPs.
How do we provide DSPs with the tools and resources necessary to ensure that those they serve can live up to their fullest potential?