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The direct support workforce and COVID-19: what we know and what we need to do
Join Megan Sanders from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration as she summarizes the results of a 12-month follow-up survey on the direct support workforce and their experiences supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


*Come learn what the data has told us and hear recommendations to strengthen the
workforce and keep DSPs and the individuals they support safe.

*Receive (3) plain-language research briefs that show results of the 3 studies conducted on the DSP workforce since the start of COVID-19.

*Receive a selection of short-video vaccination public service annoucements targeted to
DSPs. You can use these videos for no-cost in your digital media health and wellness

*This webinar does not offer CEUs

Hosted by DirectCourse: a partnership between Institute on Community Integration, UMN and Elsevier.


Background on DSP Surveys:

Surveys were conducted by the Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.

Approximately 5,400 direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors from across the country completed this survey.

The initial survey in April 2020 and a six-month follow-up survey were each completed by approximately 9,000 respondents, making this the largest study ever conducted on the direct support workforce.

Funded by grant #90RTCP0003 from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living Rehabilitation Research and cooperative agreement #90DDUC0070 from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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