Archives: Partner Profiles

Southern California’s AbilityFirst Enjoys Long Relationship with CDS

An organization like AbilityFirst, with many clients and staff, whose headquarters, homes, centers, and camps function span hundreds of miles, faces a challenge when it comes to training. Before using CDS online curriculum, too often training meant, gathering employees, new or old, to one site, which can be daunting, especially for a small non-profit, and usually means scheduling challenges and long face-to-face sessions in which most or all of the training was completed at once.

Gateway Services “Living supports should be provided in the least restrictive, most natural environment.”

Gateway Services, Inc. of Princeton, Illinois a community-based organization, has found great value in implementing the College of Employment Services (CES) curriculums into their job coach training. Serving three counties in northern Illinois, Gateway Services provides a variety of services to adults and children with disabilities and their families.

CRCI Partner Profile: Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Inspired by this work and having learned many lessons along the way, Dr. Salzer, PhD, Professor and Chair, Temple University, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, founded and is currently director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, which provides content for the DirectCourse/College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (CRCI).

Grandfather’s Advice Motivates Award-Winning DSP April El

For April El, becoming a direct support professional (DSP) meant following the advice that her grandfather gave her many years ago. “He told me that you can be on the sidelines, or you can get in the game,” April says. “Provide changes for someone else and do something!”

Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

The DirectCourse/College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC) continues to form strong partnerships with advocacy organizations around the country. One of our newest partners is the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center (TILRC.) TILRC is a federally-funded and recognized Center for Independent Living (CIL).