Respite Care Training Program

Disability Education and Respite Care Training Program

The RESPITE CARES! disability education and respite care training program is designed for adults interested in providing respite care or other services for families of children who have disabilities. Learn how to provide first rate care for children who have disabilities.

RESPITE CARES! is perfect for direct service providers, families, school staff, child care providers and anyone who wants to acquire job skills to work in the disabilities field one day or enter into the world of special education.

This self-paced online course was designed to prepare individuals to work in support situations with children who have disabilities and provides a basic level of training. Those who are already working in the field may find it useful to take the course to explore areas they are less familiar with to ensure they have a full understanding of all the skills required.

Upon completion of the course you may enter the Caring Network, a Respite Care Registry that is available to families. Agencies can also access this registry to provide you with other opportunities in the disabilities field.

Respite Cares! is a training program that provides disabilities education that is comprehensive and interactive and provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to make a real difference. This training can be provided for direct service providers, families, school staff, childcare providers and others.

Respite Cares! also prepares you to become a respite care provider! Families are desperate for respite. Caring for a child with special needs can be a 24-hour-a-day job, with limited downtime to take care of family matters, catch a movie or just relax on the sofa. Parents of children with disabilities desperately need a break to rest, relieve stress and get re-energized. Respite care for a child with disabilities is something that every parent asks for, but few ever get.

Use your new skills to volunteer or be paid to offer respite care to families who need you!

Training Topics

• Role and responsibility of the Respite Care Provider

• Disability information and awareness

• Communication issues

• Behavior management

• Safety

• Seizures

• Assistive/adaptive equipment

• and much much more

Respite Cares!

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Help Families

Unlike families of typical children, who can hire a typical child care professional when they need a break or night out, respite care requires someone with training and confidence to tend to the child’s needs.


Learn all about caring for children with disabilities. Great for college students, direct service providers, school personnel, volunteer opportunities, or other positions in the disabilities field.


Increase your skills to help make your day care job or practice more inclusive.

Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate!

A personalized certificate will be emailed to you to proudly showing that you have completed the Respite Cares! course and are now ready to serve families of children with disabilities by providing respite care for them.

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