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Working with individuals with disabilities is often described as “rewarding.” Certainly approaching it with the right mindset and skill set will make it rewarding not only for you, as a direct support professional, but also for the individuals with disabilities with whom you interact.\r\nThe purpose of this manual is to encourage you to think about and interact with individuals with disabilities in a different way than was traditional. In order to be most successful, it is important to not only read the information in this booklet, but also to discuss it with your supervisor\/trainer and to ask questions as needed. Once you have learned the material, passed the test with a score of 80% or better and received your certificate of completion, you may begin to provide Intellectual Disability (ID) or Day Support (DS) waiver services. However, the Office of Developmental Services (ODS) staff hopes that this is just the beginning of your learning process in how to be a great direct support professional. Please take every opportunity to learn more, not only from “professionals,” but most especially from the individuals you support.\r\n

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