Frontline Initiative: DSPs Respond to COVID-19

Public Service Announcements for COVID-19 Response

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Association of University Centers on Disability, the Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals are collaborating on a series of public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among direct support professionals. Why? Because 26% of DSPs remain unvaccinated (Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Report, 2021). The PSAs feature DSPs, family members, and people receiving supports explaining the critical importance of getting vaccinated. The first five PSAs were produced by ICI in Minnesota during the summer of 2021. New PSAs are being created with NADSP and will be released in late 2021 and through 2022. View some of the PSAs below. If there is a PSA that resonates with your experience as a DSP, please share it with others.

PSA #1. Get Vaccinated: We Take Care of Very Important People

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Get Vaccinated: We Take Care of Very Important People.: https://www.youtube.com/embed/MgcO_ZRN9-w

PSA #3. Get Vaccinated: Protect Yourself and Others — We Need to Do This

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Get Vaccinated – We Need to Do This: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ltOe3_Ep4Zo

PSA #5. DSP Uwvie: It's Up to You: Protect Yourself and the People You Support

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Uwvie, DSP: It's up to you. Protect yourself and the people you support.: https://www.youtube.com/embed/FKJ8jhO1OQ4

PSA #7. Get Vaccinated: It's the Right Thing to Do

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Get vaccinated – It's the Right Thing to Do: https://www.youtube.com/embed/uYvwb-ff1cg

PSA #2. Get Vaccinated: Let's Do What We Have to Do

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Get Vaccinated – Let's Do What We Have to Do: https://www.youtube.com/embed/VTml2wne_bw

PSA #4. Get Vaccinated: Protect Yourself and Others

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Get Vaccinated: Protect Yourself and Others: https://www.youtube.com/embed/4U92B3GzvAA

PSA #6. BJ Stasio, Disability Advocate: It's Up to You: Protect Yourself and the People You Support

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B.J. Stasio, Disability Advocate: It's up to you. Protect yourself and the people you support.: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JYrrbOY4tFo