Frontline Initiative Person-Centered Practices

John Raffaele appointed Director of Educational Services

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is pleased to announce that John Raffaele has been named the Director of Educational Services. John is a Master Social Worker and a highly experienced professional adult educator and facilitator. John’s graduate education is from Yeshiva University in New York City and State University of New York at New Paltz, NY.

His career spans three decades. Those years have been spent teaching DSPs and the people they support. He has focused his work on serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, atrisk youth, and people with chronic and terminal illnesses. Between 2001 and 2012, John worked as a Director of Training and Education for a developmental disabilities service provider in New York. He gained notoriety consulting and teaching throughout the United States.

John founded his own international DSP consulting company in 2012. Over the last 5 years, in contract with the NADSP and in close partnership with NADSP Executive Director Joseph Macbeth, John has developed exciting and informative training programs. He helped the NADSP gain national prominence. John has educated tens of thousands of people in the NADSP Code of Ethics and Competencies. Most recently, he began using NADSPs new Informed Decision Making training.

Please join us in welcoming John as the new Director of Educational Services. His full time role will include ongoing training and educational activities, hosting our webinar events, developing the NADSP teaching faculty, development and quality assurance of NADSP training and educational products, conference planning, and overall customer outreach and services. He will also help administer Frontline Initiative and he will lead a webinar on each issue.