There are many ways in which you can give back to your community. You can donate for a cause; support social campaigns; volunteer your services to help people with disabilities; participate in activities directed towards protecting the rights of developmentally disable children.
This kind of work done whether in organized or unorganized way has a lasting impact. It gives hope to children, young adults and seniors with developmental disabilities for a future filled with independence and respect.
If you also want to bring a difference in the lives of people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities, you could provide support to them in their homes, at work, in schools and to their families. However, if you have strong understanding of our social system, social psychology and roles that community, family and society play in our lives, you can be more efficient in your approach. You will be able to bring the change faster and on a larger scale, which is the need of the hour.
And you can’t afford to ignore your needs and requirements even while working with intellectually or developmentally disable people. You too need to make a living. So, how do you create a balance? How do you make a living while working for your community? The best way to be able to make a living while doing something meaningful and rewarding is to train yourself in developmental and social work.
Centennial College’s developmental service worker program may be the right choice for you, if you have keen interest in serving the community and bringing positive difference in the lives of people who are intellectually or physically challenged. It offers you strong foundation in this field and critical skills to start your career. The curriculum reflects best practices, and current and relevant knowledge, emphasizing a deep understanding on the life experiences of people who are intellectually or physically challenged.
As a trained developmental worker, you will be more practical and logical in your approach, capable of:
1. Providing support to developmentally challenged people in their homes, at schools and hospitals
2. Helping them manage their household chores independently
3. Providing a safe and caring environment, making them feel loved and respected
4. Employing strategies to support learning of people with developmental disabilities
5. Supporting health, well-being and independence of people with intellectual disabilities
And the best part is that you’ll be able to work for the community in an organized manner. Once you complete this program, you can seek employment with local, provincial or federal organizations. You may find employment as a residential support worker, integration facilitator, family support worker, job coach, educational assistant or employment support worker.
Your major role will be to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities in every way possible, by providing support and services to enable them to live, work, learn and socialize. It will be a move towards long-term growth and development of individuals you work with. What can be more fulfilling than making a positive difference in the lives of people and working towards their inclusion in society?
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