Preparing for a Career
The field of Community Disability Services supports persons with developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, etc.) to live in the community in a variety of ways. Our goal is to ensure that Alberta is an inclusive society, enabling all members of its community to participate fully.
The CDS Career Path
Although a passionate spirit, a caring heart and an optimistic attitude are all must-haves, a career in community disability services also requires special training. In service training is provided by organizations within the sector. There are also University and College programs in Alberta that offer specialized diplomas and degrees that will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a long and successful career.
You can also receive the following training while employed within the sector:
- Agency specific in-service training
- Foundations in Community and Disability Studies (sector designed on-the-job training that allows you to earn advance credit for 5 courses towards a college diploma)
- Community Support Worker Excel Academy
I was drawn to a career in the Community Disability Services sector because I had a desire to help people and I believed in the importance of opportunity and quality of life. My career provides interesting and challenging work and there are many opportunities to develop services and resources that will benefit people with disabilities.
I am happy that my career is not part of the nine to five grind. I am faced with new situations almost daily. This career never feels stale and I like seeing the differences made in people’s lives, both big and small.