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Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee (D-SPAT)

In 2003-2006, the Council helped establish a grassroots organization of direct support personnel to promote and increase quality care for individuals with disabilities.

Project outcomes:        

  • Held workshops in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis to establish a network of direct support professionals in TN
  • Held a series of focus groups across the State to discuss the challenges and the rewards of working in the field of I/DD.
  • 227 people joined DSPAT as a result of these workshops.

As of 2017, DSPAT was no longer an active organization. For the national membership organization for direct support professionals, visit the National Association of Direct Support Professionals website.