DSPconnect Member Guide

How do I post on DSPconnect?

You can post in several different ways:

  • Directly from your Newsfeed.
  • Directly from your Wall.
  • Directly in Groups & Forums – However these posts will only be seen by other members of those groups.

Simply type your message in the comment box and click POST.

How do I post a photo?

You can post a photo from your Newsfeed or Wall as well as in Groups and Forums by following these simple steps:

  • In the Comment Box, click on PHOTO (found directly at the top of the Comment Box).
  • Click on UPLOAD ATTACHMENT (found at bottom of Comment Box).
  • Find the photo you want to post on your computer and click on it – a thumbnail will appear at the bottom of your post.
  • Click on POST.

** PLEASE NOTE: Only photos up to 2 MB can be posted to DSPconnect. Photos larger than 1MB will need to be resized before being uploaded/posted.

How do I post a file?

You can post a file or document to your Newsfeed or Wall as well as in Groups and Forums by following these simple steps:

  • In the Comment Box, click on FILE (found directly at the top of the Comment Box).
  • Click on UPLOAD ATTACHMENT (found at bottom of Comment Box).
  • Find the File on your computer and click on it – The title of the document will appear at the bottom of your post.
  • Click on POST.

Can I post a video directly into DSPconnect?

No. Unfortunately DSPconnect does not allow you to post a video (from your phone or computer) directly into the community. These files are too large and the technology on which DSPconnect was built will not support them.

However, you can post links to online videos – such as those found on YouTube. You can also post your own videos on YouTube and then post the links on DSPconnect. Please see below on how to post a video link.

How do I get to my Wall (Profile/Message) from the Newsfeed?

Simply click on your small square photo in the right column, where it says “Hello!” and your name. This will take you directly to your Wall.

Can I post a link to a video already on the web?

Yes. You can post a link to videos that are already online. All you have to do is copy the URL of the video, paste it into your Comment Box, and click POST.

It’s as easy as that.

We also provide a second option that allows you to add a description of the video you are posting. To do that, follow these simple steps:

  • Click on LINK at top of Comment Box.
  • Write your message in the Comment Box.
  • Paste the URL link to the video in the ADD LINK URL box.
  • Type a title for your video in the ADD LINK TITLE box.
  • Type a brief description in the BRIEF LINK DESCRIPTION box.
  • Click POST.

** Please Note: You must fill out all THREE of the boxes (ADD LINK URL, ADD LINK TITLE, & BRIEF LINK DESCRIPTION) in order for the video to post.

How do I change my Profile Picture?

It’s very easy to change your Profile Picture on DSPconnect. Just follow these steps:

  • Go to your WALL
  • Click on the small circle all the way over to the right of your screen. If you have not uploaded a photo yet, this circle will show a silhouette of person.
  • Click on PROFILE SETTINGS.
  • Scroll down and click on PROFILE PICTURE (in left column, under Profile Settings).
  • Drop your photo into the box or click on SELECT YOUR FILE to upload a picture from your computer.
  • Your photo will appear. You can crop this photo to be the size you want. When done, click CROP IMAGE. Your photo will automatically upload
    To get back to your Wall, click VIEW PROFILE.

How do I change my Cover Photo?

It’s very easy to change your Cover Photo on DSPconnect.

  • Go to your WALL
  • Click on the small circle all the way over to the right of your screen. If you have not uploaded a photo yet, this circle will show a silhouette of person.
  • Click on PROFILE SETTINGS.
  • Scroll down and click on PROFILE COVER (in left column, under Profile Settings).
  • Drop your photo into the box or click on SELECT YOUR FILE to upload a picture from your computer.
  • If the appropriate size, the photo will upload and you’ll receive a message in a green box that your photo upload was successful.

To get back to your Wall, click VIEW PROFILE.

**PLEASE NOTE: Your Cover Photo cannot be larger than 1350 pixels Wide by 350 pixels tall. Please see Can I Resize My Cover Photo for more information.

Can I Resize My Cover Photo?

No, not within DSPconnect. However, there are several applications available for both the iphone and Android systems that will allow you to resize your photos to the appropriate pixel size for a Cover Photo (1350px x 350px). One particularly good (and easy to use) application is Adobe Photoshop Express. It is FREE and is available for Iphones and Android as well as for Windows (on your PC).

How can I create a Group?

Creating a Group in DSPconnect is simple. Simply follow these steps:

  • Click on MORE at the top of your Wall.
  • Click on GROUP DIRECTORY
  • Click on CREATE GROUP
  • Follow the set up directions

It’s that easy!

You can also create a Discussion (Forum) within the Group at this time. Or, you can always come back and create a Discussion (Forum) at a later date.

You can also invite Friends to your group at this point or later.

How do I create a Discussion with in a Group?

You need to go into the Group in which you want to create a Discussion, then follow these steps:

  • Click on Manage (at top, under the cover photo)
  • Click on Forum (Discussion)
  • Click on “Yes, I want this group to have a forum”
  • Click SAVE SETTINGS

You have now created a Forum (Discussion). If you go back up to the top of the Group page and click on FORUM it will take you to the discussion.

Can I add Files that I want to share to a Group?

Yes. Simply click on UPLOADS at the top of the Group to which you want to post.

Click on any of the small icons to the left under ALL, and upload the document(s) of your choice.

You can also create a folder for files within the group in order to keep information more organized. To do this, click on the second icon (the file folder) and name the folder.

  • Newsfeed – Landing page when you log into DSPconnect where you can see the updates from all of your Groups and Discussions, as well as posts from your Friends.
  • Wall (Profile/Messages) – Your personal page on DSPconnect and the location where you can find all of your posts.
  • Friend – A list of all the people you have become Friends with on DSPconnect.
  • Group – Listing of all the groups you have created or of which you are a member.
  • Forum Posts (Discussions) – All the group discussions in which you are or have participated.
  • Mention – Whenever you are “tagged” in a post.
  • Favorite(s) – Any post that you have “liked.”
  • Member Directory – Listing of all members of DSPconnect.
  • Group Directory – A listing of all groups on DSPconnect.
  • Uploads – All of the uploaded files that are in DSPconnect.
  • Messages (Wall/Profile) – This is the same as your Wall.
  • Notifications – A communication that you have been sent a message, are mentioned or tagged in a post, someone commented on your post, etc.
  • Profile (Wall/Messages) – This the same as your Wall and Messages. It’s your personal page on DSPconnect.

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RCWT is neither a labor union nor represented by a union. The position of the RCWT on labor union organizing of direct support professionals (DSPs) is one of neutrality. RCWT neither recommends nor discourages DSPs from joining a union. The purpose and activity of RCWT is to improve the quality of human services and supports through an ethical, credentialed and respected DSP workforce. We believe that the most effective definition of quality is defined at the point of service—the work of DSPs and their positive effect on those whom they support. To fulfill the goal of promoting effective direct support practice, the RCWT works vigorously for systems reform and advocates for workforce development interventions that improve the continuity and quality of direct support practice throughout the country.

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