Developmental Services Worker – Durham College

Developmental Services Worker – Durham College


Developmental service worker program is helping
people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, um, as well as physical disabilities,
it’s helping them, sort of get integrated in the community. When people think of developmental disabilities
they automatically think of, you know, autism and down syndrome, but there is so much more
out there as well. I’ve learned a lot about behavior therapy,
I’ve learned a lot about just how you would go about helping a person or a child who needs
the one-on-one. It sort of gives you a smile inside which
makes life worth living. It’s really nice. In the classroom you learned a lot about the
different developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities and, for instance, autism is
a spectrum disorder, you learn a lot about that and then once you’re in placement you
can really see what you’ve learned in the classroom. It sort of ties in everything you’ve done
in class into an actual environment where you will be working and where you will be
actually applying those skills. The individuals that I worked with at placement,
they are fantastic. We were at Community Living and it was a residential
setting and you support people who are living in a house and it was a lot a fun, We’re learning how to break down the things
that we take for granted everyday to basic steps that someone can follow through. My family is very happy that I am in this
program. A lot of my friends and my family say they
wouldn’t be able to do this kind of work, its really hard and I don’t see it as that.
I just see it as enjoyable, I don’t, I don’t see the difficulty it in. I just, it just
comes naturally and I just, I really like it. Growing up I had a lot of experience with
people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. I actually, um, have a sister
with a severe developmental delay, um, who I’ve grown up around and it really opens your
eyes to some of the challenges that anyone could face. So going into the program it, it really just
seemed like a natural fit. I have family that have come to Durham College
before, that they’ve had good experiences here. It’s close to home, they offer great facilities
and it’s just an overall, like, amazing school. There’s a lot of people out there that will
need support. It is up to a very, right now, small number of people who are trained and
have that ability to support those people. I love the energy everyone gives off and I
just love, I just love working with and supporting people with all types of abilities. This program and Durham College has helped
me by giving me the opportunities and the skills to help other people. One of the things that the program focuses
on is treating each person as an individual. You know, I may have cerebral palsy, but I
am great. I am wonderful. I am marvelous. That’s the way I look at it.

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