Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

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Institute Named as College of Direct Support Administrator

December 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs has released a new Informational Memo naming the Institute as the new statewide administrator of the College of Direct Support.

The memo reads as follows:

Informational Memo
College of Direct Support
New Statewide Administrator,
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
ODP Communication Number: Announcement 111-15

The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives.

AUDIENCE:
Individuals and families, Providers, Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs), Administrative Entities (AEs), State Center Training Coordinators, and individuals within the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), groups identified by ODP, and all Interested Parties.

PURPOSE:
To announce the ongoing commitment of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) to the use of the College of Direct Support (CDS) by engaging the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University (IOD) to serve as its statewide administrator to support individuals and families, Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs), Administrative Entities (AEs), State Center Training Coordinators, and individuals within ODP and groups identified by ODP.

DISCUSSION:
CDS is a national, web-based learning system designed for people who support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities that the Commonwealth has used since 2003. The IOD will now serve as the statewide administrator of CDS, which along with the purchase of an annual license represents the long-term commitment of ODP to the continuing education of ODP stakeholders. Though CDS contains training modules designed for organizations employing Direct Support Professionals, the information is also very helpful to individuals and family members, the staff they employ, caregivers and allies of people with disabilities.

The IOD will serve as the CDS point of contact for all providers, individuals and families, SCOs, AEs, State Center Training Coordinators, and individuals within ODP and groups identified by ODP. The IOD point person for this registration is Ms. Mary Kay Cunningham who will also support the training and technical-assistance needs of CDS users. Service provider organizations will be charged a fee for learner administrations rights.

The contact details for IOD regarding CDS are as follows:
Email address: CDSPA@temple.edu
Phone contact: 1-866-865-6170

The IOD will create and conduct web-based and face-to-face trainings to promote the use of CDS. In collaboration with ODP, the IOD will develop, facilitate and conduct user groups to encourage the use of CDS among individuals and families, SCOs, AEs, service providers and the various stakeholder groups involved in the work and mission of ODP.

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