Developmental Disabilities

 Attention All Human Services Generalist and DDT Students:

If you think that you are eligible for Coop starting in Fall, there will be a meeting on April 1st from Noon to 2pm in Belk 4510 to discuss Coop.  Our coop representative will be present with all of the necessary paper work to begin coop in the fall.  Please be ON TIME, we will begin on time and information that is covered will NOT be repeated.

Health and Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Concentration

In North Carolina there are 125,000 persons with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. In Mecklenburg County there are over 16,000 persons with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities who are served by approximately 40 agencies.

What does the term Developmental Disability mean?
Individuals with developmental disabilities have a wide range of skills and needs. The term developmental disability refers to an individual with a mental or physical impairment or a combination of both, who is limited in the ability to function in three or more areas of life such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, independent living and economic self-sufficiency. In order to have a defined developmental disability, the disability must occur during the years of development or before age 22. Diagnostic labels commonly associated with or included in the term of developmental disabilities are: mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning disabilities, autism, mental illness, and brain injury.

Career Opportunities
This is an exciting time to pursue a career working with individuals with developmental disabilities. The past three decades have produced major advances in legislation, education and services for individuals with disabilities. With the support of innovative services: families are raising their children at home rather than in institutions; children previously considered uneducable are attending public schools, and; adults with developmental disabilities are becoming productive members of their communities both at work and home.

Graduates of the Human Services Technology Program, with a concentration in Developmental Disabilities, should qualify for employment in: Group homes, foster care homes, respite services; vocational rehabilitation agencies, supported employment programs, sheltered workshops, adult vocational activity programs; early childhood intervention programs, public school classrooms as teacher assistants, community support services, and; in other programs that provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation.

Developmental Disabilities Program
A key component of service provision is identifying the individual needs and supports for persons with disabilities. The Develop-mental Disabilities Program is designed to train students to work with children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Students specialize in the area of developmental disabilities. Students will gain an understanding of the support needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in medical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and economic terms. Fieldwork and clinical experience in community agencies, which provide comprehensive services to persons with disabilities and their families, will be offered.

Coursework in this area can be taken:

  • Individually;
  • To obtain a Developmental Disabilities Certificate, and/or;
  • as part of a two year Human Services Technology Associate Degree.
  • The four courses in this concentration are:

  • DDT 110 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • DDT 120 Teaching Developmentally Disabled
  • DDT 210 Health issues
  • DDT 220 Program Planning Process
  • DDT 230 Supported Employment Methods
  • DDT 240 Aging Lifelong Disability
  • Developmental Disabilities Certificate Program (C4538A)
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    For More Information

    The Human Services Technology program is in the Health and Human Services Division 704.330.6496. Check our website at