Developmental Services Worker

September 2018

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
DSW
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,513.32 per semester*
International:
$8,161.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Exceeding compassionate caring:  Developmental Services Workers inspire, advocate, and include.

Program Highlights

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 developmental services sector. This program has a specific focus related to supporting people with various intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism, and neurocognitive disorders.

Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that include - and exceed - compassionate caring to support the empowerment of people with developmental 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 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 pending accreditation and industry standards for the developmental services sector. Graduates are able to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) and the Developmental Services Special Interest Group (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
  • Applied learning projects in partnership with local agencies allows for hands-on skill building in developmental services, contribution to the community and professional networking
  • This program provides the 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 and Twitter

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. Two supervised field placements (one in a residential and one in a non-residential setting) provide students with varied practical experience. Students are prepared for placements through training and support in three professional practice seminars. 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.

Where have our graduates been offered employment? Program graduates are employed in a variety of locations including:

  • Alternatives Community Support Services
  • Christian Horizons
  • Stewart Homes
  • Community Living Peterborough
  • Community Living Kawartha Lakes
  • Peterborough Communication Support Systems
  • Deaf-Blind Ontario
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Private families
  • The Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough
  • Community Living North Durham
  • Community Living Northumberland

Career Opportunities

Providing support services to those with developmental disabilities can be highly rewarding work and it is anticipated that with the growing aging population and the recent changes in legislation, there will be a shortage of skilled and qualified workers to meet the demand in the developmental services worker sector.

Graduates will have the required expertise to work in a variety of roles in diverse settings in Ontario, across Canada or abroad including:

  • Residential treatment centres / group homes
  • District School Boards - specialized educational programs; educational assistance; alternative school programs
  • Community outreach programs
  • Services for seniors as activation directors
  • Long-term care facilities
  • With families, providing respite and enhancing presence and participation in community life
  • Other not-for profit organizations
  • In homes, helping people to maintain their independence.
  • Charitable institutions
  • Recreational programs/facilities
  • Prevention programs
  • Day treatment centres
  • Social service agencies
  • Community based programs
  • Mental health agencies

Is this You? To succeed in this program you need

  • Emotional maturity
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Self-awareness
  • Sensitivity to diversity (ages, culture, gender, ability )
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work on a team, or collaborative skills
  • Interest in being an advocate for people
  • Passion about human rights/equality
  • You will also need to be able to work in physically demanding situations and challenging environments.

Not quite decided on which Human Services or Community Services career to pursue? Explore various career options in our two-semester Human Service Foundations program.

Successful completion of this certificate program enables you to enter into second semester of one of these Fleming College diploma programs:

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.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.

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.

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 average
  • Must possess ENG4U or equivalent a grade of 65%;
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative average
  • Must possess ENG4U or equivalent a grade of 65%
  • Note: This pathway is available starting Fall 2018
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Lakehead University

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

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

For more information

Laurentian University

Requirement
  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 90 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

Ryerson University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • The diploma must include a one-year introductory university-level humanities or social science course or equivalent
  • Two years (or equivalent) related work/advocacy experience. Applicants 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
  • Visit ONTransfer.ca for details

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

For more information

University of Guelph-Humber

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

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

For more information

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