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The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is embarking on an exciting opportunity to create a training experience for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) combining the use of online learning and virtual reality. Supporting DSPs is a priority of DODD, and investing in their professional development demonstrates the important role DSPs have in the lives of Ohioans with disabilities and their families.

Training with Christopher Milo

DODD has partnered with motivational speaker Christopher Milo to develop a 5-part training series for Frontline Supervisors. These 5 trainings combine DODD’s Core Values for DSPs and Christopher Milo’s 13 Messages.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Eight Hour Provider Training

Completion of all eight courses with a passing grade satisfies the eight-hour provider training requirement found in OAC 5123:2-2-01. Individual certificates can also count toward provider annual training or used to gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units.

Training to Support Youth with Complex Needs

Supporting Youth with Intensive and Complex Needs Online training series is now available in DODD MyLearning. The training is designed for direct support professionals who work with multi-system youth who have complex behavioral health needs. The first module of the training, an overview of multi-system youth, the challenges they face, and the supports that can help, is available on YouTube

Frontline Forum

Frontline Forum 1.20.21

Frontline Forum 4.21.21

Useful Links

Charting the LifeCourse Resources

DSP Message November 2020

DSP recognition week 2020

Working for a Provider Agency


Operation Smile

Direct support professionals (DSPs) play a vital role in providing care and assistance to people with developmental disabilities. The second week in September is DSP recognition week, but DSPs deserve recognition every week of the year...Read More

Operation Smile