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Direct Support - Hard of Hearing/Deaf Programs

Position
Direct Support - Hard of Hearing/Deaf Programs - Residential Group Homes

Location

Merrimack Valley: Amesbury

Schedule

Full or Part Time (8 hours to 40 hours per week)

Responsibilities

  • Provide daily living support for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities adults in a casual, friendly, residential group home environment
  • Work FT or PT or as little as (8) hours per week
  • Teach, empower and encourage the individuals to be self-confident, reliant, and to make positive contributions to their communities
  • Provide support for bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and individual goals (some opportunities do not require personal hygiene care)
  • Assist with meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, and transportation to community activities, appointments and recreational outings, shopping, restaurants and other activities

Education/Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma (GED) or higher education
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Interest and/or experience working with adults with disabilities who are deaf and/or hard of hearing
  • Ability to follow behavioral support plans (in some programs)
  • Ability to speak, read, write and comprehend works assignments in English
  • Basic math skills for counting and recording money
  • Ability to perform moderate lifting, and frequent walking

How Do I Know if This Job is Right for Me?

  • Interest in growing and learning in a human service career 
  • Interest in working with the deaf and/or hard of hearing individuals with disabilities
  • Interest in learning and/or applying ASL (American Sign Language) skills
  • Obtain satisfaction from helping others and making a difference in their lives
  • Possess empathy, patience, and flexibility
  • Keen observation and active listening skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to learn, follow and execute client plans and goals
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Able to arrive on time & maintain good attendance in a shift oriented work place

Physical Demands

  • Must have the physical ability to stand frequently during the day, engage in repeated stooping or bending at the waist
  • Ability to go up and down stairs several times during the shift
  • Ability to safely support, pivot, physically move or assist a person weighing up to 100+ lbs. (in some programs) during daily living activities, with or without assistance
  • Ability to physically ensure the safety of all individuals by learning and following the required behavioral intervention, as required
  • Ability to drive a 4-6 passenger van for transportation (after training) to transport individuals to day programs, community activities and other engagements