Information for TWC Counselors

Program Description

The Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) program prepares individuals for a job as a Direct Support Professional-General (DSP-G), Direct Support Professional-Paraprofessional (DSP-P) or Child Care Professional (CCP). After completing two semesters at the Center on Disability and Development, PATHS graduates will be ready for immediate employment in:

  • Child care (children aged 0-5)
  • School districts
  • Community service for people with disabilities or older people

Our graduates will be able to provide the following services:

  • Assist a person with mobility needs to complete everyday tasks
  • Support a person in becoming active in their community
  • Assist a person in developing independent living skills
  • Support more than one person with disabilities in a community home


The first semester consists of coursework providing both core competency and enrichment classes to students to prepare them for work as DSP-Gs, DSP-Ps, or CCPs in their community:

  • The role of a direct support professional or child care professional
  • CPR and first aid
  • Identifying, reporting and avoiding abuse, neglect/exploitation
  • Confidentiality
  • History of disability
  • Self-determination/disability rights
  • Basic computer skills
  • Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Person-Centered Thinking and Planning
  • Community inclusion
  • Supportive and respectful communication
  • Supporting friendships and relationships
  • Positive Behavior Supports

Students who successfully complete the first semester will meet the minimum requirements to be employed by a community provider. The second semester is a 135+ hour practicum that will offer hands-on training in a community setting. Students will have the opportunity to apply the skills they learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. Upon successful completion of their practicum, graduates will have access to additional job placement supports through a provider referral network.