History of Developmental Services

In 1968, institutions (or facilities as they came to be called) started offering a two-year Mental Retardation Certification course. Upon completion of the course, students were qualified as both a certified residential counsellor and medical assistant. Thus, the practice of hiring nurses to care for the residents ended.

As the role of facilities waned and emphasis turned to supporting individuals in the community, the course evolved into what is now the Developmental Services Worker program. It is offered through many community colleges in Ontario.

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