Career Fair & Hiring Event for In-Demand Job: Direct Support Professional

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) –  TuscBDD, along with local businesses that provide services for people with developmental disabilities (providers), will host a Career Fair and hiring event.

It’s all happening on August 21, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Tuscora Park Dining Hall in New Philadelphia. Local providers will be on hand to answer questions about their businesses and career opportunities.

Anyone that is interested in a career in the field of developmental disabilities must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to pass a background check and drug screening. Providers request that candidates bring their social security card, driver’s license or state identification card, and references.

Many people living with developmental disabilities in Tuscarawas County rely on paid caregivers called Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). DSPs help people live as independently as possible through various responsibilities that could include meal preparation, transportation, personal care, assisting with working or volunteering in the community, and more.

“My name is Belinda, and Direct Support Professionals like Luke help me live my life the way I want. I need help to do things like scheduling my transportation to work and grocery shopping,” expressed Belinda Kirby, a person who receives DSP
services through a local provider called Advocates for Success. Belinda’s DSP Luke Bordner went on to state, “I’m a direct support professional, but I have also become Belinda’s friend through my work here at Advocates for Success. I enjoy supporting Belinda so that she can live her best life.”

Due to the statewide DSP shortage, local providers attending the Career Fair are seeking to immediately fill DSP positions with caring people who want a career in hands-on-care for people with disabilities.

“DSP employment has historically been a niche field that was not visible in the community because, in the past, people with developmental disabilities spent most of their time in a sheltered environment. These days, people with developmental disabilities are fully engaged in their community. Because of the visibility factor, the general public wasn’t aware of the opportunities available within the field, but we
are here to change that,” stated Kerri Silverthorn, TuscBDD’s Community Relations and Special Projects Coordinator.  Over the last two years, TuscBDD has put forth an effort to focus on how to creatively support local providers and DSPs. “We believe it is important to support the businesses that are providing the care for the people that we serve so that they can easily offer the best services possible. This is one of the biggest reasons why it is important to raise awareness about this career field.”

For more information about the Career Fair, please contact Chris Sapp by email at csapp@tuscbdd.org or by phone at 330.339.9769.

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