Elsevier/University of Minnesota Webinar: The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: What We Know and What We Need to Do

Event Start Date: November 10, 2021 - 4:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: November 10, 2021 - 4:00 PM EDT

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Disability professionals webinar hosted by Elsevier, with the University of Minnesota.

Join Megan Sanders from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration as she summarizes the results of a 12-month follow-up survey on the direct support workforce and their experiences supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately 5,400 direct support professionals (DSPs) and frontline supervisors from across the country completed this survey.

The initial survey in April 2020 and a six-month follow-up survey were each completed by approximately 9,000 respondents, making this the largest study ever conducted on the direct support workforce.

Come learn what the data has told us and hear recommendations to strengthen the workforce and keep DSPs and the individuals they support safe.


  • Megan Sanders – Education Program Specialist @Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
  • Claire Benway – Education Specialist II, MA, PCT Mentor Trainer @Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
  • Olivia Sullivan – Health Systems Representative, Elsevier

Surveys were conducted by the Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.

Funded by grant #90RTCP0003 from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living Rehabilitation Research and cooperative agreement #90DDUC0070 from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

*This webinar does not offer CEUs