Who Are We?Coalition for a DSP Living Wage
The Coalition is comprised of families, community provider agencies, Direct Support Professionals and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
What is a DSP?Making it Possible
DSPs support individuals with complex needs that include physical, intellectual, or behavioral challenges and health conditions.
Coalition NewsUpdates on Coalition Advocacy Efforts
The latest news, updates and action items to secure a DSP living wage.
The supportive and caring system that New Jersey is working so hard to build in order to provide care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is in crisis. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) – the most essential component of this system – are in short supply. Hiring and retaining qualified DSPs are becoming difficult for agencies, individuals with I/DD, and their families. The key factor causing this DSP workforce crisis is low wages.
Do you have first-hand experience of how important Direct Support Professionals are in your life or the life of your loved-one, friend, neighbor, or co-worker?
Are you a DSP who has struggled to make a living while providing support, care, and companionship for individuals and intellectual/developmental disabilities?
Are you a provider organization representative who recognizes that none of the support you strive to offer individuals with I/DD and their families would be possible without a dedicated and well-trained Direct Support staff?
Now, concerned citizens, disability advocacy organizations, and service providers are joining together to push for increased wages for those who provide care for some of the most vulnerable within our communities.
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