The Direct Support Professional and COVID-19

Source: NADSP

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, there is a constant barrage of information being shared. Things are changing almost hourly across the country. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is committed to sharing resources for Direct Support Professionals. We understand that given this global crisis, Direct Support Professionals are still working to provide supports. As Direct Support Professionals are on the front lines, we have created this tool kit with self care information and additional resources for individuals. If you have additional resources that would be beneficial for other Direct Support Professionals, please email

Free COVID-19 Handouts

NADSP COVID-19 Fact Sheet

DSPs are on the front lines of supporting people with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. DSPs can minimize their risk of exposure when supporting possible COVID-19 patients by following CDC infection prevention and control guidelines.

Green Mountain COVID-19 Plain Language Handout

This plain language handout, produced by Green Mountain Self Advocates, shares information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes a description of the pandemic, various precautions that should be followed, as well as other takeways to help keep people safe and healthy.

Frontline Initiative: Self-Care for DSPs

To assist the people they support, DSPs must also take care of their own needs, health, and wellness. Incorporating self-care practices into their everyday lives helps DSPs in their work and other life areas. This issue of Frontline Initiative highlights how this helps them continue in the field and improve professionally.

Additional COVID-19 Online Resources

Centers for Disease Control

This article from the Centers for Disease Control shares coping strategies. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.


To help you stay healthy and informed, ANCOR has a resource page that is dedicated to sharing tips and resources, which is updated daily.

The Mighty

Katie Kreitzer, a contributor for The Mighty, authored an article titled ‘Messages for Anyone Struggling Because of the COVID-19 Coverage.’

Talking to People with Intellectual Disabilities about COVID-19

This article discusses how you can support people to understand what is happening and to cope with the sudden changes to their lives. Written by Ben Drew

Share Your Story

Your story matters, now more than ever. We need to support one another and honor the critical work that DSPs are doing during the coronavirus pandemic. Record Your story

Find Your Local Food Bank

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.

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