Disability Advocate Role Description (DSP)
Disability Advocate (DAs) provide essential supports so people with disabilities can maximize their independence and live their lives as full members of their communities. Disability Advocates will get immense fulfillment out of this job and be able to help people with disabilities navigate their everyday lives. DAs will be able to advocate for a person with disabilities and their families – all while making a difference in your community and in someone’s life. With DAs available to provide assistance, people with disabilities can work, play, go out to dinner, shop, and socialize as they choose. DAs are able to support people with disabilities to:
- Advocate for their full rights as community members;
- Encourage them to speak for themselves and express their preferences and opinions and make their own choices;
- Model relationship building skills
- Mentor community integration skills
- Coach life skills
- Teach job skills
- Be a companion and personal assistant
- Become a trusted partner
- Ambassador between person, family, job, service providers; and
Balance what is important for someone with what’s important to them to live happy, healthy, full lives.
DAs work with people in many different settings:
- Their private homes or apartments
- Group homes
- Community settings like the store, library, community center, gym, clubs – anywhere!
The daily tasks of a DAs may include (but are not limited to):
- Supporting and teaching how to perform housekeeping responsibilities, such as vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom;
- Assisting with meal planning and food preparation, including helping shop for groceries and other supplies;
- Supporting an employment search and coaching for on-the-job skills;
- Aiding in daily activity planning and providing or organizing transportation;
- Accompanying to community activities, like going to the park, shopping, coffeeshop, etc.
- Providing assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing
If you bring…
- Relationship building skills
- Curiosity, and
- A desire to make a difference in people’s lives,
You may have what it takes to be a Disability Advocate.