Developmental Disabilities Institute, DDI, is one of the largest providers of care to children and adults with Autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs. DDI has been a part of Long Island for over 50 years serving over 1,500 children and adults with Autism, other developmental disabilities and special needs. DDI provides innovative and expansive services to our population through various residential services, day habilitation programs and vocational services.
Instructors/Direct Care Counselors play an important part in the lives of our individuals. Instructors working in our community based adult day programs will assist individuals in all aspects of daily living including personal hygiene, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration. Instructors work in a variety of settings in the local community providing supports as they teach age appropriate life skills necessary to be a member of the community.
- Helping individuals build and maintain relationships with family and friends.
- Following individuals daily activity/classroom schedule, implementing all formal goals and protocols of individuals you are assigned to.
- Fulfilling responsibilities of primary advocate (paperwork, advocacy, programming).
- Teaching and assisting individuals in all aspects of daily living, including, but not limited to: ADL’s (toileting, showering, personal hygiene), cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration.
- Accompanying individuals on medical appointments, jobs, and community activities, if applicable.
- Knowledge and accurate implementation of emergency procedures
- Advocating for individuals’ needs.
- Documentation, i.e., chore chart, incident reports, SUB sheets, logs, staff communication book.
- Obtain and maintain appropriate certifications such as CPR.
- A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency required
- Some college preferred
- Experience working with developmentally disabled population preferred
- Valid NYS driver’s license required 18+ months
- Obtain and maintain SCIP (Strategies for Crisis Intervention Prevention) Certification, CPR, First aid and other certifications as required
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