Developmental Services Worker


Course Description

As a Developmental Services Worker (DSW), you will assist people with disabilities to live as valued, contributing members of the community. By providing support and advocacy, you will work towards full inclusion for the betterment of the entire community. The program curriculum promotes individualized and inclusive approaches, reflective of innovative practices in the field.

Developmental services workers support people of all ages with disabilities, enhancing their presence and participation in community life. Loyalist grads find rewarding positions:

  • Providing in-home support to help people maintain independence.
  • In community agencies as residential counsellors and vocational coaches, helping people find meaningful activities.
  • In schools as educational assistants and with not-for-profit organizations.
  • As activation directors in residential programs and long-term care facilities.
  • Providing respite support for families.

Is it for you?

People who do well in this program are all ages and come from many different backgrounds. What they have in common are:

  • A desire to work with people in a caring and compassionate profession.
  • An interest in social justice.
  • In many cases, a personal connection to someone with a disability – often a friend, family member, colleague or classmate.
  • An open mind about what people can contribute and achieve.

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