DSP Award for Excellence

Purpose of the Award  

The DSP Award for Excellence is given annually to acknowledge a Direct Support Professional (DSP) whose contribution to supporting people who live in our communities has resulted in significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

The 2019 Award was presented at the 36th Annual NADD Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 23-25, 2019.

The recipient of this award receives a plaque and a cash award of $100.00.

Criteria for Selection

The DSP Award for Excellence is given annually to a Direct Support Professional whose dedication, advocacy, compassion, competence, person-centered approaches and collaboration results in improved quality of life, health and wellness, and/or opportunities for person(s) with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs.

Submission Guidelines

All nominations must include:

  • 1-2 page statement outlining the reasons for nominating the candidate for consideration for this award. For example: how has this individual’s role as a DSP been exemplary, what makes him/her special
  • The candidate’s resume or employment/education history
  • Candidate’s contact information, including name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
  • Nominator’s contact information, including name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address

Nomination Deadline: September 17, 2020

Submit your nominations by email with all requirements attached in PDF or MS Word format to: awards@thenadd.org

Past Recipients

2019 – Rebecca Rodrigues, NADD-DSP

2018 – Kimberly Beattie

2017 – Ryan Trihey

2016 – Inocencio Albrincoles

2015 – Rosemary Cruz

2014 – Abby Hyndowitz

2013 – April El