To celebrate Direct Support Professional week, we asked Bancroft DSP Rebecca Giddings to describe why she loves what she does. Rebecca has been at Bancroft for over a year, she works at the Jacob Schaefer DEA Center. She is a flexible team player, always available and ready to help- read her interview below.
Q: What inspired you to become a DSP?
I have people in my family with autism and cerebral palsy, therefore, I really wanted a job where I can help people.
Q: Describe the impact you make on the lives of the individuals and families you’ve met.
I treat everyone of them with respect and genuinely care for them as I would treat and care for my own children. I believe that is the impact I have on the lives of the individuals I have met, and their families.
Q: What lessons have you learned throughout your career?
Some of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my career are patience and understanding.
Q: What is the biggest advice you have for new DSP’s?
The biggest advice I have for new DSP hires is; if you’re just looking for a paycheck, this isn’t the job for you. If you’re looking to help and do some good in the world, this is the job for you. It may seem like a lot in the beginning and sometimes it can be overwhelming but stick with it, it does get better.