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Developmental Services Worker

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma

Program requirements

  • 19 Mandatory Courses
  • 2 Communications Courses
  • 3 General Education Courses
  • 2 Field Placements

Please see our course listings of available General Education and Communications courses for this program.

Program Description

Students develop skills to support youth and adults who have a developmental disability. Students develop advocacy skills that promote self-determination and assist individuals in the development of skills that encourage independence, community engagement, and citizenship. In the counselling and apartment labs, students practice sign language, medication administration, health care skills, counselling supports, and use of assistive devices and technology. In collaboration with community partners, students plan & implement activities that promote inclusion & self-determination. Other areas of study include intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Students consolidate this learning in fourteen weeks of supervised field placements in their preferred geographical location.

Additional Info

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry. Graduates of the Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, Social Services Worker and Personal Support Worker programs may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the Developmental Services Worker program.