Cost: $100

This badge course will cover the following modules: Overview of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, History of Services to People with Disabilities, Ethics on the Frontline, Supporting Health and Safety and The Direct Support Professional as Teacher.

Course Objectives

  1. Be able to provide an overview of Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  2. Describe the history of services to people with disabilities.
  3. Practice using ethics on the frontline.
  4. Support Health and Safety.
  5. Explain the importance of direct support professionals as a teacher.

Credit Hours

Success in this 1 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 15 hours over the length of the course (normally 1 hour per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction and preparation/studying or course related activities for a total of 45 hours.

Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


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Heather Brown

As a longtime employee in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heather's goal is to continue to educate employees, stakeholders, and the greater community about disabilities, to advance the agenda for greater knowledge, better funding, acceptance, and equal treatment.
Currently, Heather works as a training and development specialist for Johnson County Developmental Supports. She is responsible for creating and maintaining training content for both licensing requirements and supplemental training needs.