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The Developmental Services Worker program (Disability Support) focuses on providing practical and meaningful support to people of all ages with intellectual, physical and learning disabilities to achieve their goals by inspiring, advocating and promoting inclusion.

Program Information

Start Date

September 05, 2023

Program Availability:

Accepting Applications

Program Code:

DSW

Delivery:

Hybrid , In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Academic School:

School of Justice and Community Development

Location:

Sutherland Campus

Program Contacts

Jennifer Hermer

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition:

$2261.96 per semester*

International Tuition:

$8734.6 per semester*

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Building Leaders... Building Inclusion

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 providing leadership in promoting social inclusion and helping people accomplish their goals and reach their dreams. 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.

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). Students also learn a variety of alternative communication options to support the needs of the people they work with. 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 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.

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. 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.

Our Certification in Person-Directed Planning Facilitation is embedded in several courses that have an additional focus on facilitating skills for developing a Person-Directed Plan.Students develop small and large group facilitation skills and utilize goal focused planning tools specific to the Person Directed Planning process. Throughout these select courses, students will have the opportunity to learn how to help someone develop a plan for the future, which will be completed during the final semester. This may include the persons dream to live independently, find a job, continue their education, get married, get their license or even go travelling or skydiving if that is what THEY want to do! Graduates are eligible for the Person Directed Planning Facilitation Certificate.

Graduates will receive their 2 year diploma as well the Person Directed Planning Facilitation Certificate.

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.

  • Small class sizes and individual attention enhance your learning experience
  • 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 rewarding field
  • You will be supported by our knowledgeable and caring faculty who are experts in the developmental service field
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  • Learn basic food safety and food preparation skills to prepare you for teaching life skills and supporting the wellbeing of people you work with.

An essential component of your education will include experiential learning through course work as well as field placements. Three supervised field placements provide students with varied practical and networking experience where many students receive job offers. 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 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.‚Äč

For greater employability options, a Class G Drivers license prior to graduation is highly recommended. 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
  • Self-employment through individualized funding
  • Facilitating Person-Directed Planning
  • Educational Support in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Employment supports
  • Community inclusion initiatives and teaching life skills
  • Residential supports
  • Behavioural supports
  • Various camps

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

These qualities are helpful for a Developmental Service Worker:

  • Change maker
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Empathy
  • Self-Awareness
  • Passionate About Human Rights and inclusion
  • Creative
  • Problem Solver

This program is a good fit for you, if you 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

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.

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.

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students studying in the Community and Justice Services program. To qualify for the IPD, students must take and successfully complete GNED49 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies and GNED128 - Indigenous Knowledges, along with a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences that will be incorporated into the final portfolio assignment in GNED128. The student’s transcript will indicate the IPD designation. Upon graduation, students with an IPD will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, and a designation that will be marketable in the employment sector.

  • Conduct oneself in an ethical, competent and accountable manner in all professional relationships.
  • Provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards of practice.
  • Support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities.
  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to improved personal job performance and the maintenance of own well-being.

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

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10
  • Processor:
    Core i5 - 1.6Ghz minimum
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Apple / MacOS

  • Operating System:
    MacOS 10.12 or newer
  • Processor:
    Core i5 6th Gen or better
  • Memory:
    8GB minimum
  • Hard Disk:
    160GB minimum

Internet Connection: 2.5 Mbps Download and 3.0 Mbps Upload (minimum)

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

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.

Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120-credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120-credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120-credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120-credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Emergency Management

To apply please see the Fleming College - Internal Application website.

For more information

Visit the Fleming College website for further articulation and program information.

Expressive Arts

To apply please see the Fleming College - Internal Application website.

For more information

Visit the Fleming College website for further articulation and program information.

Recreation and Leisure Services - Advanced Standing

To apply please see the Fleming College - Internal Application website.

For more information

Visit the Fleming College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Therapeutic Recreation

To apply please see the Fleming College - Internal Application website.

For more information

Visit the Fleming College website for further articulation and program information.

Bachelor of Child, Youth and Family Practice (3YR)
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • The program is offered face-to-face (Logan campus).
Transfer Credit
  • 120 credit points out of a 240 credit point degree. Review the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Griffith University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Human Services (3Yr)
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • The program is offered face-to-face (Gold Coast campus or Logan campus) or online.
Transfer Credit
  • 120 credit points out of a 240 credit point degree
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Griffith University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • 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.

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • Possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 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.

Bachelor of Community Development
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • 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.

Bachelor of Social Work
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.

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Gerontology
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.

Bachelor of Social Work in Indigenous Social Work
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.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 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.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 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.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
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.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • The diploma must include a one-year introductory university-level humanity or social science course or equivalent.
  • A personal letter explaining how attending this program will benefit the applicant and Disability Communities. The letter should not exceed two pages, double spaced.
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 Toronto Metropolitan University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services
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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