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DSP-U Certificate for Highschoolers

DSP-U allows local high school junior and senior students to earn a certificate, build their resume, and explore future career opportunities to work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). This certificate program is brought to you FREE by Cuyahoga DD and in partnership with the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP).

Summer Session:

  • June 17, 18, 20, 21
  • June 24-27
  • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Big Creek CenterĀ 
    • 6149 W. 130th St., Parma

The day may end earlier depending on daily activities. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline is June 1. For questions, contact 216-941-2200. Register below.

What you will learn:

  • Overview of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • History of service for people with developmental disabilities
  • Ethics on the frontline
  • Supporting health and safety
  • Direct Support Professional as a teacher
  • Individual service planning and self-determination
  • Positive behavior supports and principles of positive intervention
  • Unusual incidents, major unusual incidents and incident reports
  • Effective documentation
  • Providing personal care with dignity


  • Earn a DSP basic certificate
  • Field trips to provider locations
  • Connect with provider agencies that are hiring
  • Learn first-hand how to support people with I/DD
  • Raffle prizes

DSP U Registration