WHAT IS AN AGENCY DSP?
Direct Support Professionals help people with developmental disabilities live, work and play in their communities. This isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. If you are someone who wants a job that will bring fulfillment and a sense of purpose, then becoming a DSP is the first step toward the life that you really want.
WHY BECOME A DSP?
Are you tired of just clocking in and clocking out of job? Do you wish you could have a job that you could be passionate about? Imagine waking up and being excited to go to work! When you are a DSP, it becomes more than job, it becomes a passion.
We have all had that feeling of accomplishment when we are working toward a goal and finally reach it. When you become a DSP, you are taking on a rewarding challenge that will help you grow as a person. When you help a person walk for the first time, or help them learn something new, you will be reminded why this job is so special.
This isn’t your old factory job, doing the same task over and over again for hours. Every single day will be completely different. One day you could be taking someone to the doctor, the next you could be going on a trip to the Smoky Mountains. If you love having new adventures every day, then becoming a DSP is definitely for you.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Working 40 hours a week is a large commitment of the most valuable resource on the planet: time. If you are looking for a way to use your time to make a difference in a meaningful way, being a direct support professional is it. Not a moment is wasted working in direct support and sometimes simply showing up with a positive attitude and warm smile can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life.
TRAINING AND REQUIREMENTS
Most agencies will provide you with all of the training and certifications that you will need in order to start a rewarding career as a DSP. Many agencies will pay you for your time spent training. No prior experience is required in order to apply to become a DSP. Below you can see the necessary requirements and training in order to become a DSP.
- DSP must be at least 18 years old.
- DSP have a valid social security number and either a State of Ohio identification and/or other government issued photo ID.
- DSP must have a high school diploma or general education development certificate (GED).
- DSP must be able to read, write, and understand English at a level sufficient to comply with all requirements.
- Required BCI or FBI background check upon job offer.