Agency for Persons with Disabilities Required Courses

Do you or your staff provide services to APD clients? Then these courses are for you!
Contact Heather Burton, Training Coordinator, today by calling (954) 746-9400 x2215 or email To register online, check our Training Calendar for the next APD classes and other opportunities to grow professionally and make yourself invaluable to your employer. Ask about Group Rates!

Zero Tolerance

Duration:  Three (3) Hours
Cost:  $25 per person

Approximately 90% of individuals with a disability will be abused in their lifetime. This figure is alarming, yet much can be done to reduce the number of occurrences. This informative course enlightens participants on the many issues relating to abuse, and equips participants with the necessary tools to help reduce and stop abuse from occurring. This interactive seminar allows participants to apply concepts learned by engaging in group activities.

This course is a core requirement for anyone providing service to an APD client and meets the APD requirement for training.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
  • Recognizing the Sign and Symptoms of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Prevention and Safety Planning


Direct Care Core Competencies (DCCC)

Our Direct Care Core Competencies combines four sessions – Intro to Developmental Disabilities, Person-Centered Planning, and Health and Safety – which educate participants on the different types of developmental and functional disabilities.

The cost is $65 per person.

I. Introduction to Developmental Disabilities

This interactive forum allows participants to engage in workshops and apply concepts learned through group activities.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining Developmental Disabilities
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Direct Support Professionals
  • Teaching Skills
  • Legal Protections for Persons with Disabilities

II. Health & Safety

This course focuses on a broad range of health and safety-related topics, including:

  • Health Overview
  • Medication Awareness
  • Infection Control and Food Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

III. Person-Centered Planning

Person-Centered Planning is an on-going problem-solving process used to help people with disabilities plan for their future. In person-centered planning, groups of people focus on an individual and that person's vision of what they would like to do in the future. This "person-centered" team meets to identify opportunities for the focus person to develop personal relationships.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining Person-Centered Planning
  • Differences between Person-Centered Planning and System-Centered Planning
  • What is going on in Florida and its implementation
  • Challenges and advantages of implementing a Person-Centered Planning
  • Parts and example of a Person-Centered Planning

IV. Choices and Rights

Learn what your role as a service provider is in creating greater opportunities for choice and aiding individuals with disabilities to exercise their rights. This course focuses on empowering individuals through exercising choice, being active participants in their own life and remaining in control of their life’s direction.

Topics covered include:

  • The History of Self-Definition and Autonomy
  • Mobility
  • The Role of Technology
  • Review of Rights of an Individual with a Disability
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