ASL Autism Support Counselor

The League for People with Disabilities
Baltimore, MD
Sep 22, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time
Position Support CounselorDepartment Youth Autism ServicesReports to Manager, IISS and Respite ServicesExempt/Non Exempt Non-ExemptWe are in search of a female Support Counselor to work with a female youth with Autism in her home in Towson area. She mainly communicates using sign language. This position is responsible for implementing the assigned participant treatment plan, working with the participant and their family to improve socialization, self-help and communication skills. The Support Counselor will work one on one with assigned participant in the participant"s home and eventually transitioning to work in community settings.Essential Duties And ResponsibilitiesMust be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and have verbal english speaking skills.Communicate with participants, families, professional staff and community members in a person-center manner. Develop a positive working relationship with assigned participant(s) and families. Treat the participant"s goals as their own, working with the participant, family and professional staff to achieve goals. Assisting the participant with personal care tasks that they cannot do independently such as eating, meal preparation, toileting, bathing, dressing, etc. To actively participate in both staff and interdisciplinary team meetings. Work cooperatively with other Youth Autism Services staff to support participants. Actively participate in monthly (quarterly at minimum) observation/supervision sessions with the assigned Family Consultant. Facilitate building participant"s self-esteem through positive interactions. Plan and initiate age-appropriate community activities. Communicate participant and programmatic needs with the Program Manager. Contact supervisor if ever unable to fulfill a scheduled shift; this must occur prior to informing the family that you are unable to serve their child. Document participant(s) progress utilizing our web-based system.Submit all documentation by the required timeframes (ie, timesheets, transportation logs, progress notes, etc.). Follow all agency and program specific policies and procedures.Non-Essential Duties And ResponsibilitiesAdditional responsibilities as assigned by the Youth Autism Services management team. Demonstrate the 5 Core Values of The League (Accountability, Participant Focus, Quality, Independence and Mutual Respect) Operationalize the mission of The League for People with Disabilities. RequirementsMinimum age of 18. Must have access to a reliable automobile for work and a valid driver"s license with no more than 3 points. Ability to lift or assist in lifting participant in accordance with established safe lifting procedures.Educational And/or ExperienceMinimum of 100 hours experience working or volunteering with people with developmental disabilities, preferably those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. High School diploma required, college coursework in psychology, education, counseling, therapeutic recreation or related field preferred.Proficient in ASL (American Sign Language). BenefitsPaid sick and safe leaveFree Wellness Center membership including gym, pool and spaVerizon Wireless discountTravel ReimbursementFree TrainingMatching 401k eligibility if work over 19 hours per week