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Documentary Viewing - "Invaluable: the unrecognized profession of Direct Support"
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are moving out of life-long institutionalism to thrive in the community. Direct support workers are mentors and teachers, empowering people with disabilities to gain control in their lives that were once thought impossible....and this workforce is in crisis!

Produced and directed by Jerry Smith and written by Dr. Amy Hewitt, from the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration, this session will show a full, uninterrupted 45-minute screening of “Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support”.

Through stories and interviews with Direct Support Professionals (DSP), business owners employing people with disabilities, families, advocates, and people with disabilities, the film showcases the daily challenges and triumphs direct support workers experience in an often systemically unappreciated and underfunded profession.


•Understand the role of “direct support” and the value that people with disabilities bring to communities and employers.

•Understand the complexities threatening the direct support workforce and the dire consequences that might occur if nothing changes.

•How competency-based training and professional educational support is crucial to outcomes.

Come watch with your fellow advocates!

This screening is brought to you by Elsevier and DirectCourse online training - a partnership between University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and Elsevier to address the need for “workforce development” in the direct services field.

This webinar does not provide contuning education units.

Oct 28, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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