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College of Direct Support
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) offers web-based courses through the College of Direct Support (CDS) to DDS employees private providers, employees hired directly by individuals and families, consumers and family members. The CDS program currently includes over 15 on-line training courses, each with multiple lessons and competency assessments, on topics such as Developmental Disabilities, Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults and Children, Individual Rights, Supporting Safe and Healthy Lives, Cultural Competency, Positive Behavioral Supports & Crisis Intervention, Documentation and Record Keeping, Building and Maintaining Friendships, Direct Support Professionalism, Employment Supports, Person-centered Planning, and Frontline Supervision and Management. Additional training courses are in development. The CDS System also includes a learning management system to assign and track completion of courses and produce management reports.
For registration information:
  • DDS employees may contact their supervisor
  • Provider employees may contact their employer
  • Consumers and family members may contact their case manager or fiscal intermediary

College of Direct Support (CDS) (PDF, 181 KB) NEW

Letter (PDF, 156 KB) - Letter dated July 13, 2007, Announcing New CT College of Direct Support Web-based Training Program.

DDS Provider Access Request Connecticut College of Direct Support (PDF, 11 KB)
DDS Provider Access Request Connecticut College of Direct Support (DOC, 35 KB)

CDS Estimated Course Completion (PDF, 22 KB)

CDS Web-based Curriculum and DDS Training Requirements (PDF, 20 KB)

CDS The Role of the System Administrator (PDF, 19 KB)