Developmental Services Worker

September 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
DSW
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,458.62 per semester*
International:
$8,371.67 per semester*
*Tuition amounts are from the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to change.
Complete tuition detail below

The Developmental Services Worker (Disability Studies) program focuses on providing support to people of all ages with disabilities to achieve their dreams by inspiring, advocating and promoting inclusion.

Program Highlights

Building Leaders... Building Inclusion

This two–year Ontario College diploma program is designed to provide the specialized skills required for professionals who make a difference every day in the lives of children, youth and adults who have disabilities as well as their support network at home, and in the community, (school, recreation, mental health and addictions, justice supports, employment support and more).

The Developmental Services Worker program focuses on providing support to people with various intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and neurocognitive disorders, learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities. Graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that include - and exceed - compassionate caring to support the empowerment of people with disabilities, while promoting social inclusion and helping people reach their goals and accomplish their dreams.

Developmental Services Workers maintain and promote their professional values such as social justice, empowerment, dignity, self-worth, the importance of healthy human relationships, and integrity. Students in this program also develop an understanding of the past, present and future of developmental services in Ontario and how it impacts the current lives of individuals and families. Students begin to specialize in person-centered, strength-based assessments and develop strategies for individuals, their families, and community inclusion through various community-based projects and field placements. Curriculum and field placements align with and exceed provincial and industry standards for the developmental services sector.

Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation Certification

Our Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation Certification is embedded in several courses that have an additional focus on facilitating skills for developing a Person-Directed Plan. Throughout these courses, students will have the opportunity to build a relationship with someone who has a disability and their support team to develop a life plan, which will be completed during the final semester.

Professional Memberships

Students and graduates are able to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) and the Ontario Association of Developmental Services Professionals (DSSIG). OADD is a professional organization for people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities throughout Ontario.

Why Choose Fleming?

  • Small class sizes and individual attention enhance your learning experience
  • Internal partnership with the Community Integration Through Cooperative Education program, where Developmental Services Worker students support the inclusion of CICE students within Fleming and the local community
  • Applied learning projects in partnership with local agencies allows for hands-on skill building in developmental services, contribution to the community and professional networking
  • In-depth training, academic and work placement experience necessary to be successful in this challenging yet rewarding field
  • You will be supported by our knowledgeable and caring faculty who are experts in the developmental service field
  • See what DSW students are up to by following us on Facebook

Meet some of our faculty:

Work Experience

An essential component of your education will include experiential learning through course work as well as field placements. Three supervised field placements (residential, education and community-based) provide students with varied practical experience. Students will also complete the last portion of their facilitation certificate by creating a Person-Directed Plan with a person they have built a relationship with throughout the program. Students will put theory into practice to help support and provide empowerment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Students also have the option of international placements in their fourth semester; however, this should be discussed with the program coordinator as early as possible (and prior to the end of semester 2) in order to assist in facilitating it.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities providing supports and services to those with intellectual or physical disabilities is highly rewarding work. There is a shortage of skilled and qualified workers to meet the demand in the developmental services and disability sectors, as well as related employment. Graduates will have the required expertise to work with people of all ages in a variety of diverse settings in Ontario, across Canada or abroad, including:

  • Mental health/Dual Diagnosis
  • Supporting people through the justice system
  • Self-employment through individualized funding
  • Facilitating Person-Directed Planning
  • Educational Support
  • Employment supports
  • Community inclusion initiatives and teaching life skills
  • Residential supports
  • Behavioural supports
  • Long term care
  • Various camps

Program graduates can be employed in a variety of locations, including:

Is this You?

  • Emotional Maturity
  • Empathy
  • Self Awareness
  • Passionate About Human Rights
  • Creative
  • Problem Solver
  • Interested In Unlocking The Ability To Communicate

I Want To:

  • Make a difference every day
  • Have variety in the work I can do and opportunities for new roles/ advancement
  • Have a rewarding job but be challenged at the same time
  • Find part-time work in my chosen career by second semester
  • Help people live their best lives
  • Have fun in my job

Are you working in an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities and have related education (Personal Support Worker, Social Service Worker, etc.)? Contact us for more information about how your education and experience may reduce the time it takes to complete the Developmental Services Worker diploma.

Health and Non Academic Requirements

Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their field placement or potential employment opportunities are encouraged to discuss their program and career goals with a program coordinator prior to admissions.

Immunization Requirements

Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Developmental Services Worker must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Tuition Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

Humber College

Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • Must possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Humber College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • Must possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Humber College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Lakehead University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
  • Minimum 70% (or 'P') in field placements.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Lakehead University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Laurentian University

Requirement
  • Minimum 80% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 90 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Laurentian University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Laurentian University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Ontario Tech University

Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Successful completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge program.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 18 credit diploma.
  • Note: No transfer credits awarded.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Ryerson University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Diploma must include a one-year introductory university-level humanities or social science course or equivalent.
  • Two years (or equivalent) of related work or advocacy experience. An applicant without this may be accepted, but must either complete DST 80A/B: Practicum in Disability Studies in the program or apply for exemption if achieved while in the program
Transfer Credit
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ryerson University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

University of Guelph-Humber

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the University of Guelph-Humber website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

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