Adults with Disabilities (DSPS)
We offer a variety of options for adults with disabilities that can help you develop fundamental skills for independent living, prepare for the workforce, or learn creative art techniques.
You can choose to enroll in the Basic Workforce Readiness for Developmentally Disabled
Adults Program and earn a certificate after successfully completing all required courses.
You may also take individual Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) courses
that are available.
Basic Workforce Readiness for Developmentally Disabled Adults (DSPS)
This fundamental 4-course certificate is designed for adults with developmental and intellectual differences who have an interest in finding realistic and meaningful employment. The Basic Workforce Readiness for Developmentally Disabled Adults Program prepares students for the workforce and a transition to other noncredit functional skills courses or credit certificate programs. *It is recommended, but not required, to have a working knowledge of basic reading, writing, and math skills.
Topics covered in this program include:
- Exploring career and job opportunities
- Barriers to employment
- The job search and hiring process
- Resumes and cover letters, how to fill out job applications, interviewing techniques
- Maintaining good work habits and basic workplace expectations
- Creating good relationships in the workplace
- Stress triggers and stress reduction
- Setting work-related goals
- Soft skills (i.e. conflict resolution, decision making, problem-solving)
- Self-advocacy and your employee rights in the workplace
- Staying safe on the job site
- Transportation resources to get to and from work
Current computer technology
Complete the following courses to earn a certificate!
- DSPS 2201 - Finding the Job That’s Right For You
- DSPS 2202 - Getting the Job You Want
- DSPS 2203 - Basic Social Skills: Getting Along With Others in the Workplace
- DSPS 2204 - Introduction to Your Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace
A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses.
Request Your Certificate
If you have completed and passed all of the required courses, submit the petition form “Petition for Certificate of Completion."
Additional Courses for Adults with Disabilities
Certificates are not offered for these individual courses
Functional living skills designed for adults with intellectual or developmental differences as they relate to living at home, exploring the community, and working on the job. In this class, you will: explore health and wellness topics including nutrition, stress, hygiene, and self-esteem; how to stay safe in your home, the community, and during emergencies; and social interaction topics including peer pressure and harassment, making friends, conflict resolution, and communication skills.
Functional reading and math skills designed for adults with intellectual or developmental differences as they relate to living at home, exploring the community, and working on the job. In this class, you will: explore reading topics including background knowledge, fact vs. opinion, and inference; analyze persuasive and functional texts; evaluate topics of media literacy and internet safety; examine budgeting and banking issues, money management, and shopping; use measurement; utilize calendars; and explore time management.
Music appreciation for physically disabled adults residing in a residential care facility. Emphasis on singing, rhythm, timing, and listening.
Adaptive art techniques for disabled adults residing in a residential care facility. Emphasis on techniques to encourage the creative and artistic process for adults who experience physical and emotional challenges.
Steps to Get Started
Use the guide below to start the Basic Workforce Readiness Program and/or to take any of the additional courses for adults with disabilities. For more detailed instructions, go to How to Take Noncredit Classes.
- Check course availability in Schedule of Classes
To find courses in the class schedule, look for the subject “Disabled Stud Prog & Serv NC”.