Comprising the majority of YAI’s workforce, DSPs are the backbone of our work. Despite limited funding at the State level, in winter 2023, YAI overhauled its pay scale for frontline staff working in New York State. Starting pay for newly hired DSPs now ranges from $16.50 to $18.00 an hour.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work closely with people of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). DSPs help people with I/DD achieve the fullest lives possible by empowering them to overcome challenges in areas and activities that would otherwise prevent them from being self-sufficient.
To learn more about working at YAI or to start your career as a Direct Support Professional, please visit our careers page.
What’s it like to work at YAI?
Every day is different at YAI. It’s learning a new task, empowering people to grow, building your community, and being part of something bigger. You need to bring adaptability and patience to work because no two days are the same. You’ll be challenged regularly, juggling a variety of tasks, so you’ll also need to be flexible and empathetic, while knowing you have a team of colleagues to support you.