The Changing Roles of Direct Support Professionals

We know that Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) fulfill many types of roles. The expectation is that supports are person-centered and happen in places where people without disabilities live, work, go to school, and more. DSPs are expected to advocate for people they support, as well as for the profession of direct support. We asked DSPs to tell us about their job.

Michelle Murphy, DSP-R

Michelle Murphy, DSP-R, Residential Specialist with Medication Support Duties at the Arc of Ulster-Greene, New Paltz, NY

Wylie Sheppard

Wylie Sheppard, Community Integration Facilitator at the Arc of Atlantic County, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Lisa Mottsey

Lisa Mottsey, DSP-C1, Residential Specialist at Arc of Ulster-Greene, Saugerties, NY

Nikki Mundt

Nikki Mundt, DSP-R, Community Support Professional at Arc of Monroe, Rochester, NY

Tyler Hayes

Tyler Hayes, Assistant Manager and Floor Support in a residential home at Pathway Enterprises, Inc., Medford, Oregon

Corrinne Dick

Corrinne Dicks, Lead Staff​ at Pathway Enterprises in Medford, Oregon