Helping People Reach Their Potential - and Go Beyond

Do you love to work with people and want career options in your future? Do you hope to make a difference in the world? Supporting people living with a disability, such as Autism or Down Syndrome, is a great way to do just that.

Confederation College’s Developmental Services Worker program will give you the skills and experience you need to support individuals in living their life to the fullest. Coursework includes study in developmental disabilities, teaching strategies, health promotion, augmentative communication and assistive technology, pharmacology, dual diagnosis, trends and issues, behavioural supports, counselling skills and community development. If you believe in inclusion, individualization and empowerment for all people in our community, this program will help you reach those goals.


  • Program includes two field placements so that you can learn in real-world environments
  • Also offered as an accelerated program for those with a college diploma in a community services program or those with a degree in a related field
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills that you need to support people to reach their full potential
  • Practice knowledge and skills in a lab setting and plan real community events with schools and agencies

For Nancy Reilly, her dream of becoming a Developmental Service Worker came many ye...

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Nancy Reilly

The Developmental Services Worker program helped me to work and support children...

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Marie Wiercinski

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Developmental Services Worker go on to find positions in a variety of settings providing services and supports for persons with disabilities. Examples in Thunder Bay and the region include Wesway, Options Northwest Personal Support Services, City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division Inclusion Services, Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living, Avenue II Community Program Services Thunder Bay, Brain Injury Services of Northwestern Ontario, Community Living Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Lakehead Public Schools.

Roles include Student Support Professional, Employment Support Specialist, Residential/Community Support Worker, Advocate, Family Support Worker and others.

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