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Indiana Disability History Project Indiana Disability History: Why Your Job as a DSP Makes a Difference is a Course

Indiana Disability History: Why Your Job as a DSP Makes a Difference



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The Indiana Disability History Project offers this self-paced online training for direct support professionals (DSPs) working in the disability field. The 45-minute training provides a brief introduction to the historical experience of Hoosiers with disabilities and connects this legacy to the work of DSPs today. The training materials used in this course were produced with support from the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities.

Course Objective

To provide disability service agencies with free, accessible materials enabling them to include content about disability history in their staff training.

Course Details

The training comprises three parts: (1) Hoosiers with Disabilities in Institutions: A Dark Past (2) From Behind Walls into the Community: An End and New Beginnings (3) Your Role in Safeguarding and Advancing History’s Progress for People with Disabilities. Each part includes video excerpts and is followed by several review questions in quiz format.


This course is offered at no cost but enrollment is required. 

How to Access

This course is offered through IU Expand and Canvas at Indiana University. Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions by email with the link to Canvas. Be sure to accept that invitation or Canvas will not allow you to open the course.

Length: 45 minutes


Center for Health Equity


Audience: Direct Support Professionals, Direct Care Workers

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