Horizons Unlimited is continuing its commitment to their Direct Support Professionals in providing the NADSP E-Badge Academy. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has launched the NADSP E-Badge Academy, which offers Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) the ability to earn electronic badges as a way to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values on the job.
These electronic badges recognize and celebrate the professional development that might otherwise go unacknowledged. For the Direct Support Professional, the E-Badge Academy will represent their accomplishments, demonstrate that they have an up-to-date and relevant skill set, highlight their professional achievements, and document the value that they bring to the employer and the people that the DSP supports.
With E-Badges through the online platform Web Course works, professionals can submit specific examples, experience, and education that highlights their achievements and contributions to NADSP, and then share the resulting E-Badge results with others.
For agencies, this is the way to support the employee's professional development, and to show the impact that they have on the people that they support, not only in principle, but also in practice. Agencies also benefit because they can prominently display the competencies of their staff and the impact they are having.
The Direct Support Professional will first make an acquisition of the Code of Ethics Commitment E-Badge. The NADSP E-Badge Academy currently is divided into two main categories of E-Badges. These two categories are focused on the CMS Core Competency Areas and hours of NADSP Accredited Education. In both types, there needs to be specific evidence and examples of how the DSP met the requirements for the badge. When the DSP demonstrates that their professional skill and value meet the specified set of criteria, they can earn an electronic badge to display that accomplishment. From there, there are dozens of different E-Badges that can be earned through the Web Coursework Catalog.
"NADSP E-Badge Academy will provide Horizons' Direct Support Professional employees training and educational opportunities," says Ron Askland, CEO, Horizons Unlimited, "that can lead to a credentialing process and a career ladder."
The E-Badge Academy through the NADSP means that Horizons Unlimited is making an investment in staff development and devoting organizational resources to equipping Direct Support Professionals with the tools needed for on-the-job success.
The vision of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is world-wide 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. NADSP works to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills, values, through certification, credentialing, training, professional development, and accreditation services. The website for NADSP is www.nadsp.org