Direct Support Professionals work with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by creating behavior plans, teaching self-care skills, cooking meals and doing laundry. Additional duties may include:
- Assisting individuals with daily personal tasks, including bathing and dressing
- Completing housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming, washing dishes and tidying
- Helping plan appointments and organize a schedule
- Organizing transportation arrangements to appointments
- Shopping for groceries and preparing meals that meet specific client dietary needs
- Encouraging engagement in social networks and communities
Agencies that hire Direct Support Professionals often offer paid training to new hires. These agencies work with regional collaborations that develop the competencies and ethics of Direct Support Professionals throughout New York State. Together with service providers, DSPs, people with disabilities, and their families, regional collaboratives build workforce capacity based on the NYS DSP Core Competencies and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals’ Code of Ethics.
Agencies in our region looking to hire Direct Support Professionals include:
According to Indeed.com, wages in this region start at about $15.00 an hour. Agencies are offering health insurance, paid time off and other benefits.