Disability Pride Month – ADA Breakdown
The Americans with Disabilities act was passed and signed by George H.W Bush on July 26th,1990. After years of activism, the new law prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities in multiple areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. That same month, Boston held the first…Read More
Top 3 Reasons to Work as a DSP
My most rewarding job thus far has been providing direct supports to adults and children with disabilities. It never felt like work. Supporting children and adults involved such a wide variety of activities that I never got bored of figuring out ways to assist, teach and care for them. I enjoyed every aspect of a…Read More
Why I Chose to be a DSP. Paying it Forward.
Why did you choose to provide direct support to people with disabilities? Do you have a family member with disabilities or did you find a source of inspiration elsewhere? Minutes after I was born, a neonatal doctor gave me the best Apgar score possible, a ten. After the second Apgar test, he changed that score…Read More
Discover your Super Power as a DSP
What is your super power? As children, we are encouraged to expand our horizons and to explore all avenues of life, taking on new hobbies and activities. As a child, your parents may encourage you to try out for the baseball team or school play, or see how you match up against your peers by…Read More
Turn Social Work Into a Social Game
What is the definition of social work? According to the Webster Dictionary, social work is defined as, “Providing social services and especially with the investigation, treatment, and material aid of the economically, physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged”. Treatment can also be defined as the emotional and physical aspects of supporting individuals with disabilities at home,…Read More
The Value of a Direct Support Professional
During most of the 19th century, individuals with disabilities were either sent to poor houses or asylums, most of which were in horrible condition, or they were cast out from their community. This was a common practice until the 20th century when more people took notice of the injustice that commonly occurred within these institutions.…Read More
The mission of DSPortal is to ensure adults and children with or without disabilities live the most productive and independent life possible, whether that’s in the community, at home, or within an agency. In most community programs, including the one I worked for, it can take up to 30 minutes helping an individual(s) find that…Read More
Exciting news coming soon.
This is just a teaser announcement of the upcoming DSPortal Blog, which will feature industry tips and best practices, case studies, and more. Stay tuned!Read More