Frontline Initiative: Making Direct Support a Career

It’s Going to Take Direct Advocacy to Make Systemic Change


Mark Olson is a project coordinator at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. Mark has spent over 40 years as a DSP.

Mark can be reached at

Mark reflects on his career in direct support and the inadequacies of the current system. He suggests three things that Direct Support Professionals can do to be active in the change efforts that are needed.

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