Direct Support Professionals

Direct support professionals (DSPs) are people who work directly with people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his /her community or the least restrictive environment.

These people are responsible for providing direct support, positive direction, and assistance to individuals. They provide supports to people by assisting in the development and implementation of all support plans, including spiritual life supports, assisting people in achieving their personal goals and desires, providing interaction and choices for activities that support a meaningful day, and supporting people to be independent in activities of daily living.


DSPs assist people with maintaining a clean, safe and orderly home by following safety and infection control procedures and  educating people about maintaining their homes. They may also assist people with fiscal management while safeguarding their funds. This may include completing ledgers, reconciling accounts and assisting people with spending choices. They ensure that people exercise their rights and that rights are not restricted without legal fairness, ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect.

Direct support professionals may also be responsible for assisting and supporting  individuals with obtaining and keeping jobs in the community.

At Pearl Buck Center, all of our direct support professionals receive training and those of us in the Community Department and specifically in job development related positions are Certified employment support professionals.

Our direct support professionals are ready to assist with the needs of our clients whether it be at home, in the community or on the job.

But we don’t stop there, we are also committed to assisting businesses in the community. We are happy to come in and help companies identify areas where our eager job seekers can come in for a few hours a day and lighten the workload of the other employees.

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And when it comes to work in the community, Pearl Buck Center is  facile at bridging the gap between employee and employer. We live for it!

So whether you are looking for a little extra support in your day to day living or in your business, think- Pearl Buck Center. Let us know how we can assist you…because who couldn’t benefit from a little extra support, right?