Valarie Whiting, PhD 

Valarie Whiting, PhD 

Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Staff 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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        Click logo above

        Click logo above

Are you looking to further your education and earn college credits?  

The Department of Developmental Services in cooperation with the Executive Office of Massachusetts Community Colleges has a program that can fit your budget and work within your schedule.  Some classes are even available online!

Direct support workers who are employed at The Department of Developmental Services or an agency under contract with The Department, have a GED or high school diploma, and have the support of their employer are eligible to apply.

This program is affordable because of the financial support from DDS and its partnership with the community colleges.

Cost:  $50 registration fee/course/books - Click on the logo or higher education tab above for more information


The DDS draft regulations including PBS came out for on June 17th click the button above to viewThe version shared allows all to clearly see the changes.  If you care to make a comment on the revised regulations.  Comments may be submitted at any time until 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2016.

Comments may be submitted:

(1)  at the Public hearings on August 23 (Worcester) or August 25 (Boston),

(2)  online to DDS.regs.comments@massmail.state.ma.us.

(3)  by regular mail to the DDS Office of the General Counsel.  

After public comments on the revised regulations have been gathered, the Department will consider all comments and may make some changes to the draft regulations, and will then file them with the Secretary of State.

The regulations will become effective on the date they are published (that date, of course, is currently is unknown).  


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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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