Pittsburgh-area direct support professionals got creative during the quarantine — and they’ll use what they learned when it’s over

While Pittsburgh-area direct support professionals, or DSPs, continued to go into work amid a statewide stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, technology became an essential tool to enrich the lives of those in their care. Video calls allowed DSPs to organize workout classes, gardening sessions and crafting activities, all of which helped to simulate a more regular social life for their clients when the stress of quarantine and the pandemic was at its worst.