Build better days through enriching careers.

DirectCourse | College of Employment Services offers an engaging and innovative education solution for employment professionals. Our self-directed training delivers knowledge based on a nationally recognized set of competencies and the latest research. Each course offers trusted knowledge and skills, and is approved for continuing education credits by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. At DirectCourse, we’re able to empower your staff to build their careers while improving the quality of their assistance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other challenges to entering the workforce.

Our partners.

Institute for Community Inclusion University of Massachusetts – Boston and Children’s Hospital Boston

To create courses based on the most recent insight and research, we partner with the Institute for Community Inclusion, an industry-leading program from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and Children’s Hospital Boston. Their research focuses on creating the full inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society and community. With a greater understanding of how to best empower everyone with disabilities, we create content that enriches employment professionals with the knowledge of how to build more inclusive, involved lives, which includes finding a rewarding career.

Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst

The Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities. We partner with the APSE in creating content that supports their nationally recognized competencies, and offer a 25% discount on our courses to their qualified members. If you’re an APSE member interested in DirectCourse, use code “APSEMEMBER” at checkout. Purchase courses now.

Our Boards

To ensure that our training is in line with best practices in direct support, we include National Advisory Board and National Editorial Board in our content creation process.

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Our values.

Inclusion and community membership.

People with disabilities should be included as full members of the community, while receiving necessary support from committed, skilled professionals.

Full citizenship and fundamental rights.

People with disabilities should have the chance to take full advantage of their civil and individual rights – and the support needed to exercise those rights.

Independent and productive living.

Everyone should have the opportunity to live their life as independently and productively as possible – and access to the support they need to continually expand those opportunities.

Safe and healthy lives.

Safety isn't an option - it's a fundamental human right. People with disabilities should receive the support they need to make safe and healthy decisions to maximize the benefits they receive for their own medical, dental and mental health care.

Choice and self-determined lives.

People with disabilities have the right to make their own decisions about their lives, including about the support they receive, where they live and with whom.

Sustained and valued relationships.

Every person with a disability should receive the support they need to have a family and social, spiritual and intimate relationships.

Competent and effective support.

Anyone who relies on others to fulfill basic rights, needs and responsibilities should have a direct care worker with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to do so effectively.

Stable and dependable support.

People who depend on others to live and fulfill their basic rights deserve ongoing stability and dependability from every care professional.

Ethical, value-based treatment.

Every person with a disability should receive support based on ethics and values that reflect a commitment to civil rights, freedom, privacy, autonomy and equality.

Educate. Enrich. Inspire.

That’s our mission. We want to give you everything your organization needs so you can educate your staff, enrich their knowledge and help them inspire everyone they work with on a daily basis.

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