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The International Journal for Direct Support Professionals contains easy to-read, practical articles for Direct Support Professionals on a variety of topics that are pertinent to their role in supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Earning a loyal and growing following of readers across the globe, every year VITA publishes 12 issues of The International Journal for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in English, French and Spanish.

Answers to FAQs about the International Journal for Direct Support Professionals:

1. The journal is intended to be widely distributed; you DO NOT need permission to forward. You DO need permission to publish in a newsletter or magazine.

2. You may subscribe by sending an email to dhingsburger@vitacls.org
3. The editorial team is accepting submissions. Email article ideas to either dhingsburger@vitacls.org and/or anethercott@handstfhn.ca
4. We welcome feedback on any of the articles that appear in this section.

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English Newsletters

French Newsletters

Spanish Newsletters

English Newsletters

Volume 8-Issue 12: Sepsis: What is it? How bad is it? What can DSPs do?
Volume 8-Issue 11: The Act of Kindness: A Challenge for Direct Support Professionals
Volume 8-Issue 10: When Death Happens at Work: Working With and Through the Grieving Process
Volume 8-Issue 9: The Nuts and Bolts of Health Care Project
Volume 8-Issue 8: The Habit of Hierarchy: Power, Privilege and Prestige
Volume 8-Issue 7: The 21 lessons for supporting person with disabilities: Lessons 15-21
Volume 8-Issue 6: The 21 Lessons for supporting persons with disabilities
Volume 8-Issue 5: The 21 Lessons for supporting persons with disabilities
Volume 8-Issue 4: Tips to Ease Dental Care
Volume 8-Issue 3: When you need to
Volume 8-Issue 2: The Alphabet Community
Volume 8-Issue 1: Follow the Passion
Volume 7-Issue 12: Leadership: Boats in the Harbour
Volume 7-Issue 11: Staying Buoyant While Under Attack:
Volume 7-Issue 10: Supporting People with IDD as they Age
Volume 7-Issue 9: On Being a Educational Assistant
Volume 7-Issue 8: Developing Personal Leadership
Volume 7-Issue 7: Knock, Knock, Who's there?
Volume 7-Issue 6: The Power in “My”
Volume 7-Issue 5: Building Sensory Gardens, Rooms & Kits
Volume 7-Issue 4: The Three Faces of Integration and Inclusion
Volume 7-Issue 3: Hurry Up and Wait Your Turn
Volume 7-Issue 2: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q)
Volume 7-Issue 1: Reflections from the Other Side of Retirement
Volume 6-Issue 12: Risks and Responses
Volume 6-Issue 11: Healing, Hurt and Wholeness:
Volume 6-Issue 10: Determination, Strength and Power
Volume 6-Issue 9: Respecting Disability While Focusing on Ability
Volume 6-Issue 8: A Table in the Shade
Volume 6-Issue 7: Summer Days Summer Ways
Volume 6-Issue 6: Speaking Out
Volume 6-Issue 5: OUCH! How Understanding Pain can Lead to Gain when it Comes to Supporting Those with Developmental Disabilities
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Volume 6-Issue 4: Voices from a Silent Journey
Volume 6-Issue 3: The International Journal
Volume 6-Issue 2: PWS: Living Beyond the Initials
Volume 6-Issue 1: Everyone Has A Voice
Volume 5-Issue 12:The Art of Holding Space
Volume 5-Issue 11: Deeply Frank: Getting Serious About Person-Centered Thinking
Volume 5-Issue 10: In Case of Emergency, Please Read: Ideas and Strategies for Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities Receiving Emergency Care
Volume 5-Issue 9: Supporting Informed Decision Making: Somthing Every Direct Support Professional Should Do!
Volume 5-Issue 8: Living Locally: Understanding Community Supervision
Volume 5-Issue 7: The health check: What is it and what do staff need to know?
Volume 5-Issue 6: The Power of No
Volume 5-Issue 5: Engaging Insight: Keys to Person-Centred Thinking
Volume 5-Issue 4: Howdy Partner - Direct Support Professionals
Volume 5-Issue 3: Roaming Through the Stepping Stones
Volume 5-Issue 2: Let's talk... about mental health and developmental disabilities
Volume 5-Issue 1: Resolved: Change the World
Volume 4-Issue 12: Welcome Home: Transitioning From One Reputation to Another
Volume 4-Issue 11: What’s the Point of Data?
Volume 4-Issue 10: For No Reason Managing the Power to Refuse
Volume 4-Issue 9: The Power of a Growth Mindset
Volume 4-Issue 8: When Push Comes To Shove
Volume 4-Issue 7: The Scoop on Poop
Volume 4-Issue 6: Pey-shuh ns: Who We Are Or What We Do?
Volume 4-Issue 5: Someone is No One. Someday is Never
Volume 4-Issue 4: Conversation Pieces: Using Artwork and Art-Making to Enhance Communication for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Volume 4-Issue 3: Like Ability:10 Basic Skills That Promote Relationships
Volume 4-Issue 2: Families and Staff: How to move from competing to complementary perspectives
Volume 4-Issue 1: The View from the Other Side of Care
Volume 3-Issue 12: Food, Flavours & Finding Connections: Honouring Diversity in the Kitchen
Volume 3-Issue 11: Movember and Men’s Health: What You Should Know!
Volume 3-Issue 10: No Borderline between Respect and Care: Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Who have Borderline Personality Disorder
Volume 3-Issue 9: Something is Different Here: Promoting Awareness of an Invisible Disorder
Volume 3-Issue 8: The Art of Summer
Volume 3-Issue 7: Workforce Transformation: From Caregivers to Direct Support Professionals
Volume 3-Issue 6: TEAM! Simple Strategies to Success
Volume 3-Issue 5: Medication, Education and Advocacy: Useful Insights: Improving How People with Developmental Disabilities Use Medication Volume 3-Issue 4: Medication, Education and Advocacy: Useful Insights: Improving How People with Developmental Disabilities Use Medication
Volume 3-Issue 3: Getting Psyched! Psychiatric Consultation in Dual Diagnosis: What Should Direct Support Workers Know?
Volume 3-Issue 2: Not Skirting the Issue: Discovering Ways to End Poor Health Care for Women with Disabilities
Volume 3-Issue 1: Positively Magical... What We Think About What We Do
Volume 2-Issue 12: voiding the Temptation to Silence, Promoting the Need to Listen
Volume 2-Issue 11: Understanding and Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities who have Diabetes
Volume 2-Issue 10: Cognitive Ramping: Principles of Plain Language and Accessible Communication
Volume 2-Issue 9: Willie Wellness: What You Need To Know In Order To Provide Effective Care, Down There, For Men With Disabilities
Volume 2-Issue 8: Inclusive, Exclusive Vacations: Planning Vacations for People with Significant Needs
Volume 2-Issue 7: Burritos and Cherry Pies: Saying Yes, Saying No: What Direct Support Professionals Need to Think About
Volume 2-Issue 6: Mindfulness: Making Moments Matter
Volume 2-Issue 5: Um, It’s a Human Thing...Being Careful about Diagnostic Overshadowing for People with Disabilities
Volume 2-Issue 4: Keeping the ME in Media: Thoughts, Ideas and Tips for Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities to Use Social Media
Volume 2-Issue 3: Wonder ... Woman: Providing Wonderful Care to Women with Disabilities
Volume 2-Issue 2: The Normal Heart Supporting Love and Romance within Service Systems
Volume 2-Issue 1: The Top Ten Strategies of All Time for Promoting Positive Behaviour
Volume 1-Issue 14: The Gifts of the Season: The Gifts of Service
Volume 1-Issue 13: “You Just Don’t Do That!” Drawing the Line Between Direct Support Staff and People with Disabilities
Volume 1-Issue 12: The Alibi of Tyrants: Power and Control in Service Provision
Volume 1-Issue 11: Talking Turf: The Job of Being A Good Neighbour
Volume 1-Issue 10: Faith, Freedom and Fealty: Supporting People with Disabilities to Live Freely
Volume 1-Issue 9: Beaches, Bodies and Barbeques Cautions and Tips for Direct-Care Staff Supporting People with Disabilities in the Summer
Volume 1-Issue 8: Labour Pains 10 Strategies for Coping When Hurt by Someone You Support
Volume 1-Issue 7: Breasts, Buttocks and Boundaries: Confident Clothing Choices for Direct Care Professionals
Volume 1-Issue 6: Counterfeit Criminality: Cautions in Community Living
Volume 1-Issue 5: Grief: When You Are At A Loss After A Loss
Volume 1-Issue 4: Food For Thought: What Food May Mean To People With Disabilities
Volume 1-Issue 3: Spinning Downwards: Looking Up Stopping the Slide Toward Negativity in Human Services
Volume 1-Issue 2: Unwrapping the Perfect Holidays: Tips for Residential Staff Serving People with Intellectual Disabilities – Part Two
Volume 1-Issue 1: Unwrapping the Perfect Holidays: Tips for Residential Staff Serving People with Intellectual Disabilities
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French Newsletters

Volume 8-Issue 12: La septicémie : Qu’est-ce que c’est? Quelle en est la gravité? Que peuvent faire les PSD?
Volume 8-Issue 11: L’acte de bienveillance : un défi pour les professionnels de soutien direct
Volume 8-Issue 10: Quand la mort survient au travail : traiter et traverser le processus de deuil
Volume 8-Issue 9: Le projet: Les rouages des soins de santé
Volume 8-Issue 8: La hiérarchie des habitudes: pouvoir, privilège et prestige
Volume 8-Issue 7: Les 21 leçons pour soutenire les personnes handicapées : Leçons 15 à 21
Volume 8-Issue 6: Les 21 leçons pour soutenir les personnes handicapées
Volume 8-Issue 5: Les 21 leçons pour soutenir les personnes handicapées
Volume 8-Issue 4: Conseils pour faciliter les soins dentaires
Volume 8-Issue 3: Quand vous en avez besoin
Volume 8-Issue 2: La communauté de l'alphabet
Volume 8-Issue 1: Suivez la passion
Volume 7-Issue 12: Leadership : Des bateaux dans le port
Volume 7-Issue 11: Rester optimiste sous les attaques:
Volume 7-Issue 10: Soutien des personnes atteintes de Dl alors qu’elles vieillissent
Volume 7-Issue 9: Être une aide-enseignante
Volume 7-Issue 8: Le numéro d’août : le développment du leadership personnel
Volume 7-Issue 7: Pan, pen, qui est là?
Volume 7-Issue 6: Le Pouvoir Des Mots «Mon, Ma, Mes»
Volume 7-Issue 5: Création de jardins, de salles et de trousses sensorielles
Volume 7-Issue 4: Les trous visages de l‘inclusion
Volume 7-Issue 3: Dépêchez-vous et attendez votre tour
Volume 7-Issue 2: Syndrome de délétion 22q11.2 (22q)
Volume 7-Issue 1: Réflexions de l’autre côté de la retraite
Volume 6-Issue 12: Risques et réponses
Volume 6-Issue 11: La guérison, la souffrance et l'intégralité :
Volume 6-Issue 10: Détermination, force et pouvoir
Volume 6-Issue 9: Respecter le handicap tout en mettant l’accent sur la capaclté
Volume 6-Issue 8: Une table à l'ombre
Volume 6-Issue 7: Conseils adaptés aux beaux jours d'été
Volume 6-Issue 6: Oser parler
Volume 6-Issue 5: AïE! Comment la compréhension de la douleur peut devenir un avantage quand il s’agit de soutenir les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle
Volume 6-Issue 4: Les voix d’un voyage silencieux
Volume 6-Issue 3: La revue internationale
Volume 6-Issue 2: SPW: Vivre au-delà des initiales
Volume 6-Issue 1: Chacun peut s’exprimer
Volume 5-Issue 12:L'art de tenir l'espace
Volume 5-Issue 11:sss Vol 5 Issue 11 - FRENCH
Volume 5-Issue 10: Soute En cas d’urgence, veuillez lire : Idées et stratégies pour soutenir les personnes atteintes de déficiences intellectuellles qui reçoivent des soins d’urgence
Volume 5-Issue 9: Soutenir la prise de décision éclairée : ce que tout professionnel de soutien direct devrait faire!
Volume 5-Issue 8: La vie dans le quartier: Comprendre la surveillance dans la collectivité
Volume 5-Issue 7: Le bilan de santé: Qu'est-ce que c'est et que doit savoir le personnel?
Volume 5-Issue 6: Le Pouvoir Du «Non»
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Volume 5-Issue 5: Stimulons les idées : Clés de la réflexion axée sur la personne
Volume 6-Issue 12: Risques et réponses
Volume 6-Issue 11: La guérison, la souffrance et l'intégralité :
Volume 6-Issue 10: Détermination, force et pouvoir
Volume 6-Issue 9: Respecter le handicap tout en mettant l’accent sur la capaclté
Volume 6-Issue 8: Une table à l'ombre
Volume 6-Issue 7: Conseils adaptés aux beaux jours d'été
Volume 6-Issue 6: Oser parler
Volume 6-Issue 5: AïE! Comment la compréhension de la douleur peut devenir un avantage quand il s’agit de soutenir les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle
Volume 6-Issue 4: Les voix d’un voyage silencieux
Volume 6-Issue 3: La revue internationale
Volume 6-Issue 2: SPW: Vivre au-delà des initiales
Volume 6-Issue 1: Chacun peut s’exprimer
Volume 5-Issue 12:L'art de tenir l'espace
Volume 5-Issue 11:sss Vol 5 Issue 11 - FRENCH
Volume 5-Issue 10: Soute En cas d’urgence, veuillez lire : Idées et stratégies pour soutenir les personnes atteintes de déficiences intellectuellles qui reçoivent des soins d’urgence
Volume 5-Issue 9: Soutenir la prise de décision éclairée : ce que tout professionnel de soutien direct devrait faire!
Volume 5-Issue 8: La vie dans le quartier: Comprendre la surveillance dans la collectivité
Volume 5-Issue 7: Le bilan de santé: Qu'est-ce que c'est et que doit savoir le personnel?
Volume 5-Issue 6: Le Pouvoir Du «Non»
Volume 5-Issue 5: Stimulons les idées : Clés de la réflexion axée sur la personne
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Spanish Newsletters

Volume 8-Issue 12: Sepsis: ¿Qué es? ¿Qué tan grave es? ¿Qué pueden hacer los DSPs?
Volume 8-Issue 11: El Acto Bondadoso: Un Reto para los Profesionales de Apoyo Directo
Volume 8-Issue 10: Cuando Hay Muerte en el Trabajo: Trabajar Con y Por el Proceso de Duelo
Volume 8-Issue 9: Proyecto La Maquinaria del Cuidado de la Salud
Volume 8-Issue 8: El Hábito de la Jerarquía: Poder Privilegio y Prestigio
Volume 8-Issue 7: Las 21 Lecciones para apoyar gente con discapacidades: Lecciones 15-21
Volume 8-Issue 6: Las 21 Lecciones para apoyar gente con discapacidades
Volume 8-Issue 5: Las 21 Lecciones para apoyar gente con discapacidades
Volume 8-Issue 4: Consejos para Facilitar el Cuidado Dental
Volume 8-Issue 3: Cuando Neeesite
Volume 8-Issue 2: La Comunidad Alfabeto
Volume 8-Issue 1: Siguiendo la Pasión
Volume 7-Issue 12: Liderazgo: Botes en el Puerto
Volume 7-Issue 11: Manteniéndose a Flote Mientras se es Atacado:
Volume 7-Issue 10: Apoyando gente con IDD a medida que Envejecen
Volume 7-Issue 9: Sobre ser un Asistente Educacional
Volume 7-Issue 8: El Problema de Agosto: Desarrollando Liderazgo Personal
Volume 7-Issue 7: Toc-Toc, ¿Quién es?
Volume 7-Issue 6: El poder en “Mi”
Volume 7-Issue 5: Construyendo Jardines, Habitaciones y Kits Sensoriales
Volume 7-Issue 4: Las Tres Caras de la Integración y la Inclusión
Volume 7-Issue 3: Date prisa y espera tu turno
Volume 7-Issue 2: Síndrome de Deleción 22q11.2 (22q)
Volume 7-Issue 1: Reflexiones desde el otro lado de la judilación
Volume 6-Issue 12: Riesgos y Respuestas
Volume 6-Issue 11: Sanación, Heridas y Plenitud:
Volume 6-Issue 10: DETERMINACIÓN, FUERZA Y PODER:
Volume 6-Issue 9: Respetar la Discapacidad para Centrarse en la Capacidad