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Disability Supports and Services

Disability Supports and Services

Support individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals for full and enriched lives.

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Shelburne Campus • Shelburne Full time • Collaborative Cancelled

Program Overview

Disability Supports and Services will prepare learners to apply a social, community-based model, emphasizing community inclusion for persons with diverse abilities. This program provides an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to support individuals in maximizing their strengths and removing barriers to full inclusion.

In this field, you are part of a multi-disciplinary team helping to support individuals to live full and rich lives and promote their full citizenship.

You learn:

  • Knowledge of various disabilities
  • The philosophy and skills you need to empower your clients to live as independently as they can
  • An understanding of your professional, legal and ethical responsibilities as a support worker in this field

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • You receive the core competencies and skills required by the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services to work within the disability supports and services field.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience to the classroom and strong connections to the community.
  • You learn the theory and have the opportunity to apply your learning directly in the field.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may find employment in services for individuals in group homes, small options, community and independent living including respite care and inclusive employment and recreation/leisure settings across the province.

Other Info

  • Employers in this sector require one or both of the following as part of the hiring process: a current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This industry requires you to work shift work, including evenings, nights and weekends. This role may be physically demanding and include moving and lifting others as well as spending long periods of time on your feet.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
DSSP 1010   Foundations of Inclusive Practice
DSSP 1012   Introduction to Disabilities
DSSP 1013   Introduction to Professional Practice
DSSP 1014   Interpersonal Skills
DSSP 1015   Principles of Learning I
DSSP 1020   Supporting Activities of Daily Living
DSSP 1021   Introduction to Mental Health
DSSP 1023   Cultural Humility and Professional Ethics
DSSP 1026   Therapeutic Communication and Documentation
DSSP 1050   Practicum I
DSSP 2013   Advocacy and Leadership
DSSP 2014   Assistive Technologies and Communication Strategies
DSSP 2015   Principles of Learning II
DSSP 2016   Introduction to Life Planning
DSSP 2017   Nutrition and Meal Preparation
DSSP 2018   Supporting Inclusive Employment
DSSP 2019   Medication and Drug Awareness
DSSP 2023   Professional Practice: Employment Readiness
DSSP 2025   Managing Responsive Behaviours
DSSP 2026   Facilitating Life Planning
DSSP 2028   Aging with Disabilities
DSSP 2029   Sexuality with Disabilities
DSSP 2050   Practicum II
DSSP 2055   Practicum III
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

Additional Graduation Requirements

Food Handler's Course
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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