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Direct Support Person

Individual Advocacy Group Peoria Full-Time
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Duties:

¨      Client: Trains/coaches/assists individual in personal hygiene and ADL skills, bathing, toileting, shaving, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

¨      Trains/coaches/assists individual in eating meals or meal preparation and clean-up including swallowing, chewing, use of utensils, meal preparation, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain and maintain further development in independent functioning.

¨      Trains/coaches/assists individual in dressing skills including putting on or taking off clothing, manipulating fasteners, identifying types of clothing, personal possessions of clothes, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

¨      Trains/coaches/assists individual in communication skills including eye contact, tracking speaker or object, language development, use of argumentative communication devices, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

¨      Trains/coaches/assists individual in mobility skills including development of walking, use of wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other equipment supporting mobility using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

¨      Trains/coaches/assists individual in appropriate interpersonal interactions and social situations including eye contact, proper holding and touching, facial responses to others, playing meeting others, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain normalized individual development and normalized socialization.

¨      Implement activities, situational experiences or leisure time for individuals using necessary equipment, vehicles, events or sites in accordance with daily routine, written schedule or QMRP’s instructions according to individual interests, needs and goals in order to obtain normalized development, normalized socialization, and for fun.

¨      Accompanies individuals on medical appointments, field trips, appointments or events away from home site using necessary vehicles or public transportation in accordance to individual needs, goals, and planned events or in emergencies following instructions from QMRP, Nurse or Supervisory personnel to maintain health, safety and welfare.

¨      Organizational: Discusses individual’s response to IPP implementation, significant events or individual’s participation in everyday activities with QMRP, IDT staff or supervisory staff in accordance with prescribed procedures in order to accomplish organizational related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

¨      Collects specific information from individual’s relations, co-workers who have contact with the child, and monitors individual’s records, etc. in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

¨      Establishes lesson plans for training areas assigned and files/updates records in individual’s charts in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

Education/Experience:

¨       High School Diploma or GED.

Skills/Knowledge:

¨      Follows methods and procedures in delivery of instructional, training and support services.

¨      Knowledge of and implementation of each designated individuals’ needs, goals, interventions and supports.

¨      Completion of required records keeping, reports and assignments.

¨      Quality of interactions with supervisor, unit staff, individuals and outside individuals.

¨      Efficient/cost effective use of time, materials and human resources.

¨      Quality of coordination of work and monitoring of work performance.

¨      Proficient in word processing, data base management, and spreadsheet, e.g., Word Access or Excel.

¨      Must possess strong interpersonal skills.

¨      Must possess a valid driver’s license

¨      Must possess current vehicle insurance

¨      Must be over 25 to operate an agency vehicle.

Skills required

Provide Physical Support
Accompany Individual
Assist Individual
Provide Supervision
Offer Home Care
Maintain Healthy Environment
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Individual Advocacy Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community- based supports and personal advocacy for individuals with special needs. IAG provides training programs, behavioral and individual therapies, community- based residential programs, advocacy and case management for individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, brain injuries or physical/medical conditions. All of IAG’s programs are community- based and all residential programs are family scale of four or fewer people using neighborhood housing and apartments. IAG provides its services in 21 counties in Illinois from Chicago to the Quad Cities to Springfield, as well as the District of Columbia and Maryland.

IAG believes that all individuals deserve and should receive respect regardless of their history, type of disability or severity of specialized needs. Furthermore, all individuals must be assured of their endowed rights of community participation and personal independence shared by all members of society. Each individual can meet his or her personal goals, follow personal interests, and find personal success and happiness. Accordingly, people with disabilities can achieve personal success and happiness if given the chance and the support. Regardless of the impediments any person with disabilities may have encountered along the way in life, their chance is now and the opportunity is here to find self respect, develop a positive self image and achieve personal goals.

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