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The Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals collaborated to gather evidence about the experiences of the direct support workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform efforts to better prepare for future waves of this pandemic. The first round of data collection took place in the early months of the pandemic response when there were many unknowns about how to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and direct support professionals. Almost 9,000 direct support workers from the U.S. completed the survey between April and May 2020 with at least one survey received from every state and the District of Columbia. The second survey, administered online six months after the first, further examined how workforce systems are supporting the direct support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second survey was completed by 8,846 participants.
Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19 National Report: Initial Report
As we learned from friends and colleagues across the country of the mounting challenges in providing supports safely to individuals with disabilities during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew it was important to hear directly from DSPs about their experiences. In response to this need, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration quickly developed a 27-question survey and collaborated with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to reach a large sample of DSPs from across the country.