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Individual & Family Voices

Staffing Shortages Have a Direct Impact on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

Individuals with intellectual disabilities rely on Direct Support Professionals to support them in their daily lives. This page shares real stories from individuals and families affected by the hiring crisis.



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Tonya's Story

DSPs supported Tonya successfully in the community for three years, but staffing shortages started her on a painful journey bouncing from new placements to hospitals and finally to institutional care at the Utah State Developmental Center. Instability, confusion, and frustration are the tragic impacts of staffing shortages on individuals with developmental disabilities.