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General Description

Direct Support Professionals provide direct assistance and support services to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and/or their families. The Direct Support Professional reports directly to and receives weekly and/or as needed support and supervision from their Team Supervisor and/or program.

Minimum Requirements

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma required

At least 18 years of age

Associates or Bachelor Degree in Human Services or related field preferred/one year experience working with people with disabilities and their families

Safe driving record, current driver’s license, personal vehicle, and current motor vehicle liability insurance required.

Job Responsibilities

The position includes the following responsibilities.  Responsibilities are based upon the needs of the individuals and families and may vary depending on their unique needs and goals

●Supports individuals and when appropriate their families in identifying need areas and goals that the individual wishes to achieve

●Supports individuals in increasing and/or maintaining their everyday independence within their homes and communities

●Supports individuals to participate in activities or events of their choice, to be active members in their communities, to overcome any identified barriers to being included in any chosen activity, to maintain and/or expand personal relationships, etc.

●Assists individuals to further their social and communication skills

●Provides a sounding board for the individual’s day to day concerns, as well as, encourages individuals to increase their own self advocacy skills surrounding pertinent issues

●Encourages individuals to understand and protect their Human Rights

●Encourages and respects choice making in all areas of life and when needed, informs individual of natural consequences of choices made

●Supports individuals in achieving and maintaining their own personal well-being and safety

●Assists individuals with medical, dental, and other appointments as needed

●Assists individuals with maintaining their benefits as needed

●Assists individuals in connecting with community resources as needed

●Provides transportation as needed

●Maintains open communication and works with all team members

●Completes needed documentation that may include weekly time sheet, daily progress notes, ISP objective tracking forms, incident reports, medical and dental forms, etc., in a timely manner

●Provides reliable and appropriate service to individuals and families

●Maintains necessary certifications (CPR, First Aid, Services/Supports, NCI, medication/core, etc.) and completes all required training in a timely manner in accordance with training requirements

●Participates in routine established for support and supervision with direct supervisor

●Provides supports/services as directed by families who have established supports for their family member

●Any other job related duties as assigned by supervisor or Director


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