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Direct Care Counselor - Residential Program

Developmental Disabilities Institute positions in Suffolk/Nassau counties Full-Time/Part-Time
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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.

Our Community Instructors/Direct Care Counselors play an important part in the lives of our individuals. Community Instructors working in our residential 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.

Responsibilities
  • Teach and assist individuals in all activities of daily living. ADL’s include, but are not limited to personal hygiene including toileting, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration
  • Complete all required trainings, and participate in Peer Mentoring Program, inservice workshops, and recertification trainings as required
  • Participate in semi-annual IDT, quarterly, staff meetings, and staffings as required
  • Advocate for the rights of the individual(s) we serve 
  • Help individual(s) build relationships, and maintain relationships with family and friends 
  • Follow individual(s) daily activity/classroom schedule, implementing all formal goals and protocols of individuals you are assigned to 
  • Data collection – goals, protocols, outings, SUB’s, progress notes, recreation/fitness logs 
  • Obtain certification for, and administer medications under the supervision of assigned nursing staff (AMAP), if required.
  • Fulfill responsibilities of primary advocate (paperwork, advocacy, programming)
  • Instruction and documentation, participation in development and revisions of formal goals and protocols in accordance with the CFA/ISP, and behavior plans  
  • Accompany individuals on medical appointments, jobs, and community activities, if applicable.
  • Complete incident reports and SCIP-R reports as necessary
  • Knowledge and accurate implementation of Emergency Procedures 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all OPWDD and DDI policy and procedures as they pertain to individuals supported, and documentation of such 
  • Ensure the vans are clean and vehicle problems are written down and addressed through the Site Supervisor/Manager

Qualifications

  • High school/Equivalency diploma
  • Some college preferred
  • Prior experience working with developmentally disabled adults 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

Recommended skills

Solving Constraint Integer Programs
Documentation
Scheduling
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Amap
First Aid
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Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) was founded in 1961, to address the special needs of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, and provide therapeutic intervention. Today, DDI is a non-profit, multi-site agency serving over 1,500 children and adults with Autism and related disorders, providing educational, residential, day habilitation and vocational services.

DDI’s educational, residential, day habilitation and vocational offerings are as diverse as the people we serve. Due to this, we have grown to include 5 main campuses located in Smithtown, Huntington, Medford, Riverhead and Ronkonkoma, NY, as well as 30 residential and day habilitation sites. Through almost 50 years of sustained effort, DDI has become widely known in our area. Today, we are the largest provider of services and programs for children and adults with Autism on Long Island.

The goal of our agency is to recognize the needs of each individual, while maintaining the highest standards of teaching and training for our children, their families, and our staff. DDI prides itself on being in the forefront of the most effective methods in use today for the treatment of Autism and related disorders.

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