Charlotte Glover, Advocacy Coordinator for Community Access Unlimited, Represents ABCD’s DSPs at the Two-Day Event
On March 9-10, 2022, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) held their first-ever national advocacy event to bring the DSP perspective to the forefront of Congress and the Administration during a time of unprecedented workforce challenges. The two-day virtual event, entitled “NADSP’s Advocacy Symposium: Amplifying the Direct Support Professional Workforce”, brought DSPs together from across the country to share their perspectives and experiences from the people who are at the frontlines by pushing for greater federal focus, investments, and strategies for addressing the current workforce crisis.
On March 9th, the NADSP provided DSPs from across the country with an opportunity to hear from national leaders and receive a comprehensive training about NADSP’s priorities. This preceded a Capitol Hill Day on March 10th that culminated with virtual meetings with Congressional leaders and staff to educate and advocate on NADSP’s public policy priorities for 2022. Charlotte reported that she “found the symposium very interesting. I learned a lot about occupational classifications and that DSPs are not recognized for their profession and are classified in labor reports under other, less varied, positions.”
NADSP’s 2022 Policy Priorities
- Establish a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for direct support professionals within the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (BLS).
- Assure effective implementation of workforce development initiatives authorized through legislation that leads to wages commensurate with the level of responsibility and the complexity of this work, as well as career ladder opportunities that lead to professional growth.
This opportunity gave Charlotte a “chance to share personal stories about what DSPs do on a daily basis; the different hats we wear and the challenges we face.”
Thank you, Charlotte for taking the time to share your professional perspective and experience so that federal policy makers and relevant public policy can be created.