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 can change your life and those you support. Below are some helpful hints on how best to use this site and more information on the valuable role of a DSP.

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 severe, chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment – or combination of impairments – other than those which are solely caused by mental illness. The impairment must be fully formed before the person is 22 years old, and be likely to continue indefinitely. Developmental disabilities cause a person to need special care, treatment, or services for an extended period of time that is individually planned and coordinated for the person. Developmental disabilities include but are not limited to intellectual impairments, autism 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 in their home and community;
  • Helping individuals develop their own independent living skills;
  • Helping to ensure individuals are healthy and safe;
  • Supporting individuals in their daily life activities such as: cooking, cleaning, dressing and bathing based on their level of need;
  • Providing additional support as required in the areas of money management and personal income, transportation and community activities

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

  • Work side by side with individuals by providing supports and training in the community;
  • Take small groups of individuals into the community for volunteer and leisure type activities;
  • Teach independence skills and how to be safe in the community;
  • Assist individuals to try new things, make more choices, and be more involved in 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 that can be fulfilling long term;
  • Provide one on one marketing and recruitment services to connect individuals with employers;
  • Provide job coaching, on-site support and training to assist individuals at employment sites to ensure their success
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