We salute the 4,500,000+ direct support professionals (DSP) who provide the services needed for individuals with disabilities and older adults to maintain independence at home and in the community. Caregiving is often challenging work that is not glamorous, recognized, or highly paid. Nevertheless, it is this work that helps individuals live the life they want. The work of DSPs makes accessing basic civil rights possible, including going to school, getting a job, and participating in the community.

Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

The Care Network understands how important Direct Support Professionals (DSP) are to helping people maximize their independence in their home and community. Across the nation, dedicated DSPs provide essential caregiving and give individuals the needed support to live the life they want.

Each year, we invite you to nominate a caregiver for the “DSP of the Year” award. 2019 nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced soon.

2018 DSP of the Year Winners

In 2018, we received 220 nominations from individuals receiving services who wrote about how much they admire and appreciate their DSP’s above-and-beyond service. Our selection committee reviewed the nominations and selected four winners.

We are inspired by you

Thank you for the service you provide, the values you display, and the professionalism you embody. We appreciate you as a DSP and a trusted and valued member of the community.