The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
(NADSP) has named Kadidrea Crawford to its 2020 Direct Support
Professional Advisory Council. Join us in congratulating her with a Like (Thumbs
A DSP with Bethesda for six years, Kadidrea is part of the
Central Operations Region in Illinois. In addition to working with Bethesda,
she is also pursuing her Master of Social Work at Aurora University.
“I became a DSP to help others, but little did I know this experience
would change my academic and professional careers,” said Kadidrea. “My
experiences have shaped my perspective of how disability is viewed in our
society and taught me why it is essential to advocate for my clients as a DSP and
a future social worker.”
Kadidrea will serve on the inaugural DSP Advisory Council
alongside 11 fellow DSPs from across the United States and Canada. Their
mission will be to use their unique perspectives to advise the NADSP Board and staff
about how to make practice improvements, with the goal of better serving Direct
Support Professionals around the country and internationally.
“We are very proud of Kadidrea for taking the initiative to
apply for and be accepted to this Advisory Council,” said Cathy Smith, regional
director, Central Operations. “It is so very important for Bethesda DSPs
to be active participants in advocating for the critical role that DSPs play in
supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You are
essential to their success and your voices need to be heard.”
The NADSP is a national non-profit membership organization. It elevates the status of direct support professionals through its Code of Ethics, Badging and Certification programs, Accredited Education, and much more. The NADSP envisions a world with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing.