College of Direct Support

Online courses designed for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a series of courses. They are meant for workers who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CDS helps direct support workers improve their skills. This can improve job performance and reduce staff turnover.

It is based on research and evidence. Studying by computer means that you can take your courses any time of the day, or any day of the week.

The CDS connects the direct support workforce with a recognized, standardized set of skills to help improve job satisfaction, increase performance and reduce turnover.

The evidence-based curriculum was created more than 10 years ago by the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living.

The online education model has proven effective for the user, in part because of the 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week accessibility. Along with the accessibility and the curriculum, the testing and tracking tools delivered by Elsevier Performance Manager make the College of Direct Support today’s leading platform for direct support education.