Cost: $100

Provides an overview of community living skills and supports, and introduces students to facilitating and supporting community living and inclusion. Students learn how to facilitate team dynamics and communication, support individuals through achieving vocational goals, and understand the broad profession of direct support in disability services. This course includes 15 hours of classroom instruction (1-credit hour) of the required 60 hours of classroom instruction for the certificate of initial proficiency in DSPaths credentialing training through the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Providers (OADSP) curriculum. Graded Bg/NBg.

Course Objectives

  1. Be able to provide an overview of Community Living Skills and Supports
  2. Be able to facilitate and Support Community Inclusion.
  3. Demonstrate team dynamics and communication
  4. The Profession of Direct Support in Disability Services
  5. Be able to support individuals to identify and achieve vocational goals

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. Go to: for the policy and examples for different types of courses and credit hour offerings.

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.