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 Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability and Autism system is facing a workforce crisis where over 20,000 Direct Support Professional (DSP) positions turn over each year and over 13,000 positions are open. 

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The crisis by the numbers.


There are over 55,000 DSPs in Pennsylvania who support the daily needs of people with intellectual disability or autism.


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Visit our advocacy toolkit for access to all of the materials you need to learn more about the DSP crisis, educate others, and advocate!

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The DSP crisis has reached tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. How has it affected you? We would love for you to share your story!

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