It is estimated that about one per cent of Canada’s population has a developmental disability, requiring support from people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others through advocacy and education. Developmental service workers are fully committed to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives as active members of their communities.
A developmental service worker (DSW) supports people in all stages of life who have a developmental disability. They focus on helping people experience satisfying and rich quality of lives as active and valued members of their communities. DSWs have core values which focus on social justice, empowerment, dignity, self-worth, human relationships and integrity.
As a student in this program, you will learn how to develop and implement support plans that encourage the development of meaningful and relevant skills, self determination, full community participation and healthy lifestyles. You will also learn how to support families in which a member has a development disability. Finally you will learn the skills necessary to advocate with and for people with developmental disabilities.
Post-admission Communications assessment
To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine their reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information, please visit the post-admission communications assessment webpage.
Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to Admission Processes for more details regarding highly competitive programs.
Communication Essentials (COMM 1710)
Developmental Disabilities I (DSWD 1500)
Health & Well Being (DSWH 1503)
Developmental Psychology (DSWP 1502)
Introduction To Development Services (DSWS 1501)
General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
General Elective Credit (GNED 1000)
Academic Writing For Success Strategies (COMM 2715)
Behavioural Support I (DSWB 2501)
Developmental Disabilities II (DSWD 2500)
Family & Social Systems (DSWF 2503)
Person Centered Planning (DSWP 2504)
Field Placement 1 & Seminar (FWP 2504)
General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
Behavioural Support II (DSWB 3504)
Personal Support Skills (DSWC 3503)
Education Strategies (DSWE 1504)
Field Placement II (FWP 3502)
Building Community (DSWB 4503)
Professional Communication (DSWC 4501)
Pharmacology Theory (DSWP 3501)
Field Placement III (FWP 4502)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2018-2019 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
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WHAT YOU COULD BE:
Developmental services worker
Employment support worker
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
Community living organizations
Educational settings (elementary, secondary and post-secondary)
Employment support programs
Mental health facilities
Case coordination programs
Adult day support services
Your learning experience will be complemented by three field placements. These will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice in a community setting, under the supervision of an industry professional.
Students will be required to work some evenings and some weekends during their field placements.
To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:
A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station
Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
Program Transfer, Degree Completion And Additional Credentials