The core values and beliefs behind the role of a developmental services worker include: service, social justice, empowerment, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. A commitment to these values guides the developmental services worker's behaviour in terms of his/her ethical responsibilities to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, colleagues, and to his/her own professional competence.

Developmental services workers use leadership qualities and creative problem solving to facilitate natural supports, generic services, self-reliant decision making, and personal control for individuals of all ages who have a range of developmental and/or physical disabilities or mental disorders and their families in various work and community environments. Graduates recognize that barriers exist for people with challenges and that they have a role in facilitating the removal of such barriers.

Graduates recognize the interaction of the mind, the body, and the spirit in general health promotion and provide information to individuals to facilitate the setting and reaching of personal health goals. Graduates acquire skills and knowledge relating to specific health concerns in their work environment. In addition, graduates respond to health-related issues by applying their skills and knowledge from required program courses.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

This program can lead to a wide range of opportunities including community support worker, job coach, in-home respite care, educational assistant, classroom assistant in a daycare centre, activation aide in a seniors’ program, teaching assistant, adult protective service worker and residential support worker.

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Educational Pathways

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Accreditations/Certifications

Students enrolled in the Developmental Services Worker program at Lambton College are eligible to apply for a student membership with the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).