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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Please take a moment to consider applying for the 2012 Moving Mountains Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize organizations using best practice in direct support staff workforce development that result in improved outcomes for the people being supported. Organizations applying will be able to illustrate how their direct support workforce practices and philosophy aligns with the goals of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).
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Applications for the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities (January 13-18, 2013) will be accepted through November 5th!
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Opportunity Village is one of only 15 providers selected by the Iowa Association of Community Providers to participate in a two-year free trial of online training for direct support professionals.
The College of Direct Support is a set of web-based courses designed for direct support professionals (DSPs) and others who support individuals with disabilities. Its website says, “This flexible oursework 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.”
Elvin Alvarez is not your typical 26 year old. Ask anyone at Miami Cerebral Palsy (MCP) Residential Services about him and you’ll quickly learn that this young Colombian is a star, a rock-solid Direct Support Professional(DSP) who also is now a Residential Services Coordinator. Part of his job is to train others to become DSPs. He’s that good!
ANCOR measures the soul of the community by examples of bold leadership. That’s why the ANCOR Foundation created the Community Builder Award (CBA). The Foundation awards this prize in recognition to those individuals, communities or organizations who have had the courage to make inclusivity their mission; that is, those who have worked tirelessly so that people with disabilities may participate as contributing, valued members of their communities.
The ANCOR Community Builder Award is an honor of the highest level of professional recognition. Recipients of this award are selected annually by distinguished providers, representatives of ANCOR affiliated organizations, and educators experienced in building sustained communities of inclusion.
Click here for additional information, as well as the 2012 Community Builder Award nomination form.
ATLANTA, December 8, 2011 – The College of Direct Support(CDS), an online curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in collaboration with Elsevier/MCStrategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living, is pleased to announce that the NADSP Competency Set is now recognized on the Department of Labor (DOL) Competency Model for Long-Term Care Supports & Services. This is the first Tier 5 Competency Set that has been built into the model.