We offer online curricula for emerging professionals that support people with physical and mental disabilities. Covering a growing range of roles, from direct support to employment services, we connect workers to a standardized set of skills that celebrates their contribution to society.

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Moving Mountains Award Nominations Are Due by the End of February!

Large or small, organizations that help improve workforce outcomes for direct support professionals (DSPs) and their employers are being sought for possible nomination for the [...]

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CDS Congratulates DSP of the Year

Each year, the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) bestows its Direct Support Professional (DSP) Award for Excellence on an individual “whose dedication, advocacy, [...]

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The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a set of web-based courses designed for direct support professionals (DSPs) and others who support individuals with disabilities. This flexible coursework is designed to connect them with a nationally recognized set of skills and a clear career path, and to celebrate their important role in helping the people they support toward developing richer, more fulfilling lives.

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“The College of Direct Support is creating not only a common knowledge base among all direct support professionals, but also a common culture. With all DSPs, support coordinators and supervisors exposed to the same set of values and approaches, we are building a solid foundation for respectful and positive relationships and high quality supports and services.”

Nancy Thaler, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services