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Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disability - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate

The Developmental Disability in Human Services program at College of DuPage prepares students to work with a wide range of special populations, including developmentally challenged individuals and people with physical and/or cognitive challenges.

Individuals in this field are employed in both in-patient and out-patient treatment centers, residential living facilities and community-based agencies. Developmental Disabilities assistants participate as a team member in the assessment of the needs of developmentally disabled clients; in the development, implementation and coordination of an individual program plan for the client; and as a client advocate.

Students in Developmental Disability program at COD are trained to work with either child or adult populations. The program provides an introduction to developmental disabilities as well as an overview of contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communications, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment models, crisis intervention, advocacy, interpersonal dynamics, group dynamics, and developmental psychology. Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Developmental Disability degree or certificate.


Contact Information

Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103

Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043

Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Assistant Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328

Human Services Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Kelly A. Lidinsky, Program Advisor
Human Services Programs
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Direct line: (630) 942-3248
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Human Services Office

The Human Services program office is located on the second floor of the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536.

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010