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Direct Support Professional/Community Training Instructor Trainee

Location:Palo Alto, CA
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:Employer Paid Health Benefits for Full Time Employees, Employee Assistance Program and participation in 403(b) Savings Retirement Plan, plus 11 paid Holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Employment Type:Full Time
Program / Dept:Adult Services/Adult Day Activities Program
Description:Abilities United is a well respected not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization for children and adults with developmental disabilities (intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions causing developmental delays) who live in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each year, our nine services are used by over 2,500 people and their families.
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Abilities United services help to reduce and prevent developmental disabilities while supporting the families and care givers of its clients. Abilities United teaches community living skills and provides job placement and support to its clients. Abilities United educates the community about the valuable contributions made by people with developmental disabilities.
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Adult Day Activities promotes life skills and provides training in community settings for adults with various disabilities. Activities to promote optimal integration and socialization are conducted five days a week at Abilities United and in the community.
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Training is provided in community settings and emphasizes the critical skills needed for you to participate in relevant, functional, age-appropriate activities. Daily lessons are designed according to your needs to promote independence through education, recreation, exercise, and socialization. The activities stress interaction with others on a variety of levels and in numerous settings and are geared towards developing full participation in community life. These activities are divided into five main areas:
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Community living
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Communication
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Social/recreational
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Functional academics
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Motor skills
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Duties:Under supervision of program manager or lead staff:
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• Assist individuals with their individual physical needs at such times as toileting, eating, transferring, etc
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•Collect and report data on participants’ progress
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• Successfully complete program training course
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• Assist with direct care duties for assigned participants in a manner compatible with our mission, values and philosophy
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• Plan and conduct daily classes/activities and community volunteer outings with the participants.
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• Transport program participants as needed for activities or to and from the program including use of Abilities United van and/or public transportation .
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• If hired as or trained to assist program participants with swimming (including lifeguard certification), assist assigned participants with swim activities as scheduled.
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• Develop relationships with program participants that are respectful, based on mutual trust, and that maintain professional boundaries
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<b>Essential Requirements:</b><br>
<br>• Successfully complete program training course
• Maintain strict confidentiality for all program participant information, and facility assurance standards
<br>• Ability to assist program participants in recreational, daily living skills, and community volunteer work opportunities, including crouching, bending, reaching, etc.
<br>• Provide group and/or individual support in the community as identified in the participant’s Individualized Personal Plan.
<br>• Lead curriculum development and implementation
<br>• Assist individuals with their individual physical needs at such times as toileting, eating, transferring, etc
<br>• Supervise participants up to 5.5 hours/day
<br>•Transport program participants to activities or to and from the program including use of Abilities United van or personal automobile.
<br>• Plan and conduct daily classes/activities participants and community volunteer outings with the participants.
<br>•Develop relationships with program participants that are respectful, based on mutual trust, and that maintain professional boundaries. <br>
• Collect and report data on participants’ progress
Qualifications:<br>
Must be minimum of 18 years old
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Education: High School or equivalent required; BA/BS in psychology or related field preferred.
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Experience: 1 – 3 years working with people with developmental disabilities.
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Substitution: Combination of equivalent experience and education may be substituted for degree.
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Certification: First Aid with Infant, Child and Adult CPR
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Other: Communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing; project a professional & positive image at all times; Valid driver’s license, proper automobile insurance and vehicle registration.
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<b>Pre Employment Requirements:</b> Clearance with the Department of Justice by completing a background check consisting of having fingerprints processed by appropriate law enforcement agencies;provide clean DMV printout during interview process.
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<b>Post Employment Requirements:</b> Physical, 2-step Tb test . Maintain all job related certification requirements.
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<b>Physical activity requirements include:</b>
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- Current CPR/First Aid Certification or the ability to become certified in CPR and First Aid
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• Ability to lift & transfer, with assistance, individuals who weigh up to 250 pounds
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• Ability to push large adults in wheelchairs
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• Ability to do physically demanding work 6 hours/day i.e. assist participants with direct care support in changing, dressing, lifting & transferring disabled adults, cleaning of facilities, etc.
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ABILITIES UNITED IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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