Valarie Whiting, PhD 

Valarie Whiting, PhD 

Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Learning and Development Website

DDSLearning is a free learning resource. DDS supports individuals who have developmental disabilities such as ASD, ABI, PWS, SMS, ID or DD and others. Our goal is to build a central, accessible, and useful tool that can assist people to locate and participate in learning opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.  

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New Employee Orientation (NEO)

BOTH CHECKLISTS BELOW MUST BE COMPLETED FOR MANDATORY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. ADDITIONALLY SERVICE COORDINATORS MUST COMPLETE THE 5-DAY SCI ORIENTATION.

           Click on the PACE logo

           Click on the PACE logo

EHS mandatory training can be completed on PACE

  • Commonwealth Curriculum Information Security and EO 504
  • Commonwealth Curriculum Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Commonwealth Curriculum Preventing Harassment Training
  • Commonwealth Curriculum Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) Law every 2 years
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) Summary every year
  • Commonwealth Curriculum Diversity Training Part II Disability  (all employees) look for HRD – Diversity Part II Disability Awareness (all employees) 
  • EHS Human Service Worker Safety every 2 years
  • DDS - Overview of Self-Determination and DDS Service Models 2016 (online)


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