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Disability Support Worker

We're transitioning to a new registration system. If you're looking for a course that starts after July 1, 2017 visit saskpolytech.ca/part-time-studies.

Disability Support Worker (formerly Rehabilitation Worker) is a certificate program that provides knowledge and skill development related to helping individuals with challenging needs/disabling conditions reach their optimal level of functioning within their society. If you are patient, friendly and interested in helping people, this program can help you develop the skills you need to help individuals in all levels of daily living activities.

You will be prepared as a front line worker. You will be exposed to a variety of caring, secure and stimulating environments where you will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate your skills in program planning and implementing appropriate activities for persons with disabilities. Theory and practicum experiences will provide you with opportunities to develop a broad knowledge base. You will learn how to care for a wide range of people, from infants to adults.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.


The course provides you with an introductory experience working with individuals with disabilities in agencies. The services you provide will prepare you for later course work and help you confirm your career choice.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

This course currently has no offerings.

The course provides you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and principles learned in the program. You will develop the skills needed to work as a front-line employee in a residential, centre-based or communitybased agency which provides services to individuals with disabilities.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

This course currently has no offerings.

Building on the experience you gained in your first practicum, you will develop greater independence and expand the skill set needed to work as a front-line employee in a residential, centre-based or community-based agency providing services to individuals with disabilities.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Completion of all Disability Support Worker certificate theory courses,


This course currently has no offerings.

You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

This course currently has no offerings.

This course is a continuation of Studies of Exceptionality A (SPSY 281). You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality; behavioural disorders, hearing impairments, visual impairments, special health care needs, neurological disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, and severe and multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities. You will review the needs of adolescents and young adults as they make the transition from schools and family homes into the community.

Same text used for both Studies of Exceptionality A and B

This course currently has no offerings.

You will continue the exploration started in Understanding Exceptionalities 1, SPSY 186. You will study mobility impairments, sensory processing disorders, complex needs, behaviour disorders, and mental health disorders. Your focus will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities.

This course currently has no offerings.

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