According to Statistics Canada, more than 62,000 adults in Ontario and 28,000 children have a developmental disability. As a skilled and caring developmental services worker, you can help these people live, work and participate in their communities. Your deep understanding of developmental disabilities, skills in behavioural interventions and desire to help others will help you build a rewarding career in this field.
Graduates support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs. This can lead to a range of positions, including:
– community support worker
– educational/teaching assistant in a school
– classroom assistant in a daycare centre
– counsellor in a seniors’ program
– residential counsellor.
Note: The learning outcomes of the Humber Educational Assistant Certificate program have been incorporated into the Developmental Services Worker program in recognition of the increasing role developmental services workers play in promoting learning, not only as educational assistants but also as community agency and family workers.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
This diploma is the one most frequently recognized by employers as qualifying individuals to work with people of all ages who have disabilities such as autism, intellectual handicaps, physical disabilities and dual diagnosis. Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) – visit oadd.org and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).
Our Industry Partnerships
Our program has partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that have contributed input on the curriculum and provided placement and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates.
Some of the partners include the following: Bloorview MacMillan Centre; Brampton Caledon Community Living; Central West Specialized Developmental Services; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Community Living Toronto; Peel District School Board; Reena; Rumball Centre for the Deaf; Safehaven Project for Community Living; The Salvation Army Broadview Village; Toronto Catholic District School Board; and Toronto District School Board.
Our advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the developmental services work profession, representing a variety of settings where developmental services workers are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).
Our program offers a rich diversity of innovative and traditional work practice/field placement opportunities. You’ll complete approximately 800 hours of field practice over three placements. Placements are in and around the Greater Toronto Area and can also be arranged in your community.
After consulting with you regarding your interests and preferences, the school will refer you to specific agencies for these unpaid work placements.
The first three-week placement takes place in the fall semester of year one. The second three-week placement occurs in the winter semester of year one. The third placement takes place during the winter semester of year two, for four days per week for 14 weeks.
Alternative Course of Study
Humber also offers the Developmental Services Worker – Accelerated diploma program 10401 and the Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship certificate program 06411.
The Developmental Services Worker diploma program is also offered on a part-time basis, in the evening, on weekends and online.
The entire curriculum is offered within a three-year timespan, with intakes in the fall, winter and summer semesters. Students have the opportunity to design an educational schedule that meets their needs and suits their lifestyle by having input into the number of courses they take each semester; having the ability to take some time off; and having considerable flexibility with respect to the order in which courses are taken.
Your Future Study Options
Graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions.
Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.
Developmental Services Worker program graduates may qualify for exemption from PSYC 1600 Infant and Child Development in our Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231.