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Celebrate & Learn About Our Caring Direct Support Professionals

Each September, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are honored nationwide during Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, and the RISE Services, Inc. Arizona team wants to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the compassionate DSPs we are fortunate to work with. You may be unfamiliar with the daily responsibilities of a DSP and wonder why those who work as DSPs deserve to be celebrated. Allow us to share the typical daily responsibilities of our DSPs and how they compassionately work with our amazing clients. 

Celebrate & Learn About Our Caring Direct Support Professionals

Job Coach DSPs

Employment services are one of the many programs we offer here at RISE Services, Inc. Arizona. Because we believe every individual can find a fulfilling job, our job coach DSPs help find or create job opportunities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Each job coach performs different tasks, but many of their common duties include:

  • finding jobs that fit the skills and abilities of our clients
  • practicing job interviews with applicants and helping them write resumes
  • teaching helpful life skills such as time management and public transportation navigation
  • advocating for and supporting employees while working 
  • providing training specific to the particular job

Residential DSPs

DSPs support individuals with disabilities who live in residential homes, independent living homes, or with family members. The type of support provided depends entirely on the needs of our clients. Some may require around-the-clock care, while others need help with household tasks such as grocery shopping or medication management. Our residential DSPs are flexible and caring and want to help individuals live productive and enjoyable lives. Our DSPs complete many different tasks daily, but those include:

  • assisting with light housekeeping duties
  • attending social or community activities with clients
  • helping with budgeting and personal finances
  • providing medical and behavioral support
  • helping with personal care

Opportunity Center DSPs

Opportunity Centers allow individuals with I/DD to spend time with other adults in similar situations. This program includes educational activities and social opportunities that help individuals develop valuable life skills. Each opportunity center hosts different events and programs that enrich participants’ lives and help them engage in their local community. Responsibilities of an opportunity center DSP include:

  • providing mobility and behavioral support as needed
  • visiting the library and other community places with clients
  • playing board games and creating crafts with participants
  • helping them engage with others in community or social situations
  • teaching adults how to prep and cook light meals

A Fulfilling & Rewarding Career

Contact us today to learn more about a Direct Support Professional career at RISE Arizona. We believe in providing opportunities for the individuals we work with daily, as well as our employees and their families.