College of Direct Support
The College of Direct Support is a web-based learning management system available 24 hours per day, seven days per week for direct support professionals to improve their skills in caring for people across disabilities.
CDS now reaches learners in states from coast to coast with approximately 40,000 people making use of the training on a daily basis. They are training direct support workers in California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee, South Dakota, New Hampshire and Missouri, to name a few. Their training curriculum is infused with a set of values and skill standards to train direct support professionals and their supervisors and managers as they support people in community-based settings. Values such as inclusion, honored rights, leading self-determined lives and ethical, values-based treatment, among others, are at the core of CDS training and their mission.