University of Wisconsin–Madison

SDS Resources for Direct Service Workers

How to work for someone directing his/her own services

Consumer-Directed Personal Care Attendant Handbook (PDF) The mission of IndependentChoices, a home health care agency, is to assure that any individual who chooses home care services over institutional care will have adequate health care by directly hiring, training and managing a personal care attendant (PCA). This manual is used as a training tool for the PCAs.

Code of Ethics – “Developed by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), the Code is intended to serve as a straightforward and relevant guide for DSPs as they resolve the ethical dilemmas they face every day, and encourages them to achieve the highest ideals of the profession.”

Equality Wheel: People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers (PDF) Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Based on the Power and Control Wheel developed by the “Domestic Abuse Intervention Project”, Duluth, MN.