Increase the independence and self-determination of Chicagoans with disabilities annually. All consumers must enter Access Living's Community Supports programs, as a referral by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Essentially, the employee must work one-to-one with identified people with disabilities on issues they face in their journey to independence and self-determination.
SPECIFIC DUTIES: Describe responsibilities and tasks
Overall, see that the consumer conducts her/his own life as independently as possible.
Assess (via telephone then in-person) consumers for any needs that allow them to direct their life in the own home. Staff must consider the supports and services already in place when making the assessments.
Identify and recommend methods to increase independence of consumers, specifically review the consumers’ needs for assistive technology, homemaker services, home delivered meals to be provided by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and/or ongoing case management, if the consumer is eligible.
With the consumer, create goals to increase the person’s ability to self-direct his/her life.
Empower consumers and model advocacy skills. Staff must always encourage the consumer to complete this work on her/his own (with supports) whenever possible.
Provide Activities of Daily Living trainings when requested by consumers.
Refer consumers to outside programs and/or other Access Living programs that will assist the consumer to achieve her/his goals.
Accurately reflect work in applicable databases in a timely way
Preference will be given to candidates with a social work degree (MSW/BSW). Bachelor of Arts or Science is required and/or Orientation and Mobility Specialist and/or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and one year of experience in service of people with disabilities is preferable. Experience in evaluating individuals with disabilities for assistive devices and independent living skills training is a plus.
Access Living permits six months of skill development to attain acceptable performance in the position. Employee must have basic knowledge of disability rights laws and experience in the field of independent living, disability rights and self-determination movements. Understanding of issues that people with disabilities is essential. Good oral, written and inter-personal/communication skills needed.
Staff must be able to travel and conduct home visits within the City of Chicago.
Use personal computer, telephone, fax, copier and printer
Office space comprised of cubicles of co-workers who mostly surrounded by windows.
No affiliations are necessary.
OF EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Zero.
SUPERVISED BY: Manager of Community Supports
OTHER: Offer of the position will be contingent on clearance of state criminal background check.
Access Living seeks a full-time employee to serve as a Community Supports Coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible for conducting in home assessments for people with disabilities so they can live more independently in the community. Specific duties include:
Assess (via telephone then in-person) consumers for any needs that allow them to direct their life in the own home. Staff must consider the supports and services already in place when making the assessments;
With the consumer, create goals to increase the person’s ability to self-direct his/her life and measure achievement of identified goals;
Qualified candidates should have a majority of the following qualifications:
Preference will be given to candidates with a social work degree (MSW/BSW). Bachelors of Arts or Science and/or Orientation and Mobility Specialist and/or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Experience (personal or professional) working with people with disabilities (as peers);
Analytical, problem solving, networking, and knowledge of skill-building techniques;
Strong communication skills so to connect with a wide range of individuals and organizations;
An understanding of equal opportunity within a social justice framework;
Knowledge of disability civil rights laws (ADA, 504, and IDEA), and familiarity with the disability rights movement and/or independent living movement is preferred but not required.
People with disabilities, members of other minority communities, and those with personal experience with disability are highly encouraged to apply.
Access Living offers excellent benefits, vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Resumes accepted until position is filled.
About Access Living of Metroplitan Chicago
Access Living is a disability rights organization.