Develop your staff to broaden the world of possibilities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring each person lives their best life.  

The College of Direct Support provides the trusted training your organization needs to support people in living the lives they choose, fully and actively in their communities. 

The curriculum is developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota – leading experts in the recruitment, retention, and training of direct support professionals. By combining the latest research, competency-based training, and an advanced learning management system, this robust curriculum will prepare your staff to succeed.  

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The College of Direct Support is fully accredited by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and meets E-Badge certification. We offer content in these key areas of direct support and more:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 
  • Civil Rights and Advocacy 
  • Community Inclusion 
  • Communication 
  • Cultural Competence 
  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 
  • Home and Community Living 
  • Individual Rights and Choices 
  • Intellectual and Developmental Differences 
  • Maltreatment: Prevention and Response  
  • Personal Care 
  • Person-Centered Planning 
  • Positive Behavior Supports 
  • Professional Documentation Practices 
  • Safety  
  • The Direct Support Profession 
  • Understanding Transitions Across the Lifespan  
  • Universal Precautions 

Content in this curriculum aligns with nationally validated competency sets and the NADSP Code of Ethics. All lessons follow person-centered and trauma-informed practices.  

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