The 2021 DSP Survey Report is Almost Here!

Reserve your copy of the 2021 DSP Survey Report to get access to DSP key trends and insights the day the report is available. In the report, you'll learn:

  • Supervisor attributes DSPs like and don't like
  • Ways to meaningfully recognize DSPs
  • How satisfied DSPs are with career development programs

What's Inside the 2021 DSP Survey Report?

In partnership with the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), we surveyed 679 direct support professionals across 43 states to learn:

  • What DSPs think leaders can do to engage and retain them
  • How satisfied DSPs are at their organizations and in their roles
  • Which supervisor attributes DSPs like and don't like
  • How comfortable DSPs feel talking to their supervisors about work stressors
  • The types of recognition DSPs want to receive from their supervisors and organizations
  • And much more

The 2021 DSP Survey Report gives a deeper understanding of how good supervision, career advancement opportunities, and showing appreciation can help retain your best DSPs and improve job satisfaction.

Reserve your copy of the 2021 DSP Survey Report to receive as soon as it's available.

Key Survey Findings Focus on These Areas:

Organization and Job Satisfaction


Questions on job satisfaction include:

  • How satisfied are you working as a DSP at your organization?
  • What do you like / dislike about being a DSP?

Questions on supervision include:

  • How satisfied are you with your current supervisor?
  • Which attributes in a supervisor most discourage you as a DSP?

Appreciation and Recognition

Career Advancement

Questions on appreciation and recognition include:

  • How much more likely would you be to stay at your organization if they showed greater appreciation?
  • How valuable are the following ways to show appreciation for your work as a DSP?

Questions on career development and leadership include:

  • How satisfied are you with available career advancement programs?
  • How likely are you to stay at your organization if they provided strong career advancement programs?


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Related Resources




In July 2019, Relias conducted a nationwide survey of DSPs to learn more about what motivates them, what employers can do better, and more. 

Relias and ANCOR bring together a mutual dedication to improving hiring,

training, and staff retention for organizations that serve people with IDD.

Watch this short webinar to review the 2019 DSP Survey results and learn ways to engage DSPs at your organization.


The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. Combined, ANCOR supports over one million individuals with disabilities, and works to shape policy, share solutions, and strengthen communities.

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