For Job Seekers | Direct Support Professionals

What is a DSP

Thank you for visiting DSPOhio! We are so appreciative for your interest in becoming a direct support professional (DSP). Being a DSP is an exciting career option and there are many agencies across Ohio looking for high-quality workers. DSPOhio is your one-stop shop to learn about all the different and exciting DSP opportunities across Ohio.

Do your research on the participating agency providers (employers)

When you click on a county in which you wish to work you will see all of our participating agency providers serving individuals in that county. Take your time as you review their agency profiles. Compare agencies and find the right fit for you. Remember, you can send your contact information to multiple agencies that you might have interest in at the same time.

What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a disability that began during developed at birth or during childhood that typically lasts for an individual's entire life. Developmental disabilities can result in limitations in major life activities, causing a person to need special care, treatment, or services for an extended period of time. There is a wide range of developmental disabilities an individual can be diagnosed with; common developmental disabilities include intellectual impairments, autism, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.

What is a DSP

What type of jobs are there?

All DSPs help people live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Residential — Supporting individuals where they live
DSP responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting individuals to live as independently as possible;
  • Helping to ensure individuals are healthy and safe at home;
  • Supporting individuals in their daily life activities such as cooking, cleaning, dressing, and bathing;
  • Assist individuals with money management, transportation, and finding and accessing community activities

Day support — Supporting individuals during the day
DSP responsibilities may include:

  • Take individuals into the community for volunteer and recreational activities;
  • Teach independence skills and how to be safe in the community;
  • Assist individuals to try new things  and be more involved in the activities and hobbies of their choice;
  • Support individuals in forming relationships with others in the community

Employment — Helping individuals find and keep a job
DSP responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting individuals in identifying their talents, interests, goals, and abilities, and support them to find a job;
  • Work with local businesses to connect potential employers with potential employees with disabilities;
  • Provide on-site training and coaching to assist individuals at their jobs
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