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Direct Support Professional

Individual Advocacy Group Sandwich Full-Time
Medical, Dental, Vision
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Company Overview:

The mission of IAG is to help children and adults with disabilities and their families live normal lives in the community with the support of specialized services. The value propounded by IAG include those of dignity, respect, participation, advocacy and including appropriate care by the appropriate providers.

A group that advocates for people with special needs."

Individual Advocacy Group (IAG) was started in 1995. IAG provides training services, therapies and residential support programs for children and adults who have Intellectual disabilities, mental illness, behavioral disorders or who have sustained brain injury. IAG provides services to 21 different counties throughout Illinois

We have needs in Southwestern Suburbs, Western Suburbs, and Far Western Suburbs as well as Springfield and Quad Cities.

Position Summary:

  • Achieve a homelike, community integrated living environment based on values of individual self-worth, dignity, equality and respect for maximum participation in routine everyday activities, and experiences
  • Overcome challenges by providing functional skills training, social/interpersonal experiences, therapies, health services, community support activities and opportunities for community inclusion to developmentally disabled adults who reside in a community residential setting
  • Comply with the Department of Human Services licensing rules and applicable federal regulations to assure maximum normalized living, independence and self-reliance over the individual's lifespan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Train/coach/assist with basic daily living skills, social skills, budgeting, meal preparation/feeding, house cleaning, communication and mobility.
  • Also includes implementing treatment plan goals, interpersonal skills and activity implementation.
  • Ability to write progress reports
  • Work various shifts as we are open 24/7 365 days a year.
Mandatory Job Qualifications
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Willing to work Evenings, Weekends and Overnights
  • Must have a valid High School Diploma
  • Prefer Human Service field degree or experience working with DD population is preferred
  • Must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and current insurance
  • Prefer at least 1 year experience working with the developmental disabilities population.
  • Pass pre-employment background check and drug screening
  • Must have current medical clearance.
  • Team player and great can-do attitude
  • Flexibility and ability to work all shifts
  • Ability to pass reading assessment test
  • May be required to lift/move objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

IAG provides up to 120 hours of paid training as well as benefits for full time employment after 90 days of employment. Please visit our website for more information about Individual Advocacy Group. http://www.individualadvocacygroup.com/

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements - no phone calls please.

IAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Skills required

Provide Physical Support
Accompany Individual
Assist Individual
Provide Supervision
Offer Home Care
Maintain Healthy Environment


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Direct Support Professional
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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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