Supporting Quality of Life for Individuals with IDD

Supporting Quality of Life for Individuals with IDD 

This course introduces direct support professionals, or DSPs, to the quality of life concept. It explains the history and importance of quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD. It also describes how you can support quality of life for the people you serve.

You will learn about the values and goals behind the quality of life approach to services. You will learn how to use the core quality of life domains to guide supports and planning. These concepts will help you customize support so the people you serve can have the highest possible quality of life.

The goal of this educational program is to provide direct support professionals in IDD services with an overview of the quality of life approach to services.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-SQL
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2026
Learning Objectives:
Explain quality of life in the context of IDD services.
Identify the eight quality of life core domains.
Describe strategies to enhance quality of life.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: What is Quality of Life?

What is Quality of Life?

Models of Disability

Rethinking Disability

Basic Human Needs

QOL Basics

QOL Core Domains

Digging Deeper into the Core Domains

Measuring QOL

Assessing QOL

Observing QOL



Section 3: Supporting Quality of Life

Service Quality

System of Supports

Troy’s Life

Adding Supports to Troy’s Life

Types of Supports

Support Strategies

Show Respect

Support Choice



Person-Centered Planning

Richard’s Home


Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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