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Therap and the College of Direct Support will present their first-ever joint training conference – “Side-by-Side Technology: Therap, CDS Training Conference I” – in Overland Park, Kansas on October
28-30 at the Ramada Inn Overland Park near Kansas City.

This historic conference will bring together two industryleade rs in the field of utilizing web-based technology to support people with developmental disabilities and educating and training a workforce to deliver the support services.

Therap Services, LLC, based in Waterbury, CT, is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities. It offers an easy and efficient alternative to the immense amount of paperwork that is done manually by the care providers. Within a few years Therap has extended its services to satisfied users in over 30 states in the United States, as well as Bangladesh and Nepal.

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an online learning management system and curriculum used to develop, educate and build careers for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). CDS is currently being used in 32 states, Canada and Australia and has approximately 70,000 learners online at any one time of the day. Also embedded in CDS is the College of Frontline Supervision and Management used to train managers and those considering becoming supervisors. CDS is a collaborative work of the University of Minnesota and Elsevier/Mc Strategies. CDS is headquartered in Knoxville, TN, and its curriculum is developed by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.

“Therap and the College of Direct Support working together and side-by-side is a natural evolution of the services that we provide, services that complement one another and make our respective clients work more efficiently and effectively,” said Richard Robbins, Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Therap. “This is going to be an exciting conference for current users of both companies – and non users – to see what we offer and why it works well.”

Early bird registration prior to September 12 for the three-day conference is available for a $150 per person fee, which covers all meals. After September 12 the fee will be $225 per person.

The conference will feature multiple interactive sessions and workshops focusing on the services provided by Therap and on the curriculum and the Learning Management System offered by CDS. There will be specific sessions for advanced users of both systems, for system administrators and for those who have not used CDS or Therap.

“This will offer one and all an up-closeexperience with our distinct and respective technologies as both companies work to offer state-of-the-art supports to our clients and prospective clients,” said Bill Tapp, National Director of CDS. “Our focus is on education and Therap’s focus is on documentation. What we both do is instrumental in improving the lives of those people served and supported by our clients.”

To learn more about the conference and register for the event, please visit www.therapservices.net
and click on the “Conferences” link. For additional information, call
203.596.7553.

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