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Some Ways Tennessee Can Tackle DSP Workforce Crisis

 by Janet Shouse via Tennessee Works

Janet Shouse is a parent of a young adult with autism, and she is passionate about inclusion, employment of people with disabilities, medical issues related to developmental disabilities, supports and services, public policy, legislative initiatives, advocacy, and the intersection of faith and disability.
Janet Shouse is a parent of a young adult with autism, and she is passionate about inclusion, employment of people with disabilities, medical issues related to developmental disabilities, supports and services, public policy, legislative initiatives, advocacy, and the intersection of faith and disability.

The American Network of Community Options and Resources, which is an organization of community provider agencies, also offers solutions in a 2017 report entitled “Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century,” which can be accessed here. Those recommendations are very similar to those of the President’s Commission, but include suggestions for additional groups that provider agencies could recruit into the DSP occupation. (Currently, women ages 25-64 make up much of the DSP workforce, and recruitment efforts will need to expand to un- or underemployed men, recent high school graduates, college-age individuals, and people of retirement age.)

Tennessee is currently exploring most of these solutions.

Learn about why this is important and more ways our state might ease this crisis here.

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