Deaf Communication Specialist

I.          JOB SUMMARY 

This position facilitates communication for the Deaf program participant with individuals that the consumer comes is contact with and wished to communicate with, in order to promote independence, community inclusion, and personal growth for participants. 

II.         DUTIES

Essential Function Duty  

Promotes an environment where the consumer feels a sense of inclusion and integration into the community. 

Facilitates language enhancement and assists the consumers to build a solid vocabulary base so that the consumers can communicate their needs, desires, and thoughts with non-sign fluent staff and other individuals they may choose to communicate with. 

Assists consumers to communicate with medical professionals in order to increase understanding of treatments, procedures, and compliance with medical orders and recommendations. 

Facilitates and provides support for consumers chosen recreational activities, in order to promote independent participation and full integration and inclusion into the community. 

Assists with communication to facilitate community inclusion and promote a sense of community among the consumer’s peers, and other individuals the consumer chooses to interact with. 

Completes shift reports and email the report to an assigned list of supervisors at the completion of each shift. 

Brings concerns about work environment or the consumer to the supervisor in a timely manner and non-threatening manner, by way of email or other communication separate from shift reports. 

Performs Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention – Revised (SCIP-R) as detailed within the consumers behavioral management plan (if indicated). 

Works in cooperation with the DDSO state staff to ensure that the consumers’ needs are met. 

Performs other duties as assigned. 


This position does not have any regular responsibility for the work of others. 


Type of Technology, Equipment, Tool

Software Skill Level

DCS iPhone                                                             Basic

Videophone                                                              Basic 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see, and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit but occasionally needs to walk and stand. 


This role requires being capable of performing home care duties such as (but not limited to) bending, lifting, assisting with personal care, consumer transfers, housekeeping, laundry, and shopping. 

VIII.     Qualifications  

Education Requirements 

Associate’s Degree in Human Services or other related field.  Experience may be substituted on a year-to-year basis

Experience Requirements

Two (2) years of experience in the mental health or human services setting 

Skills and Competencies Requirements 

Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)

Possess a basic understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities

Ability to comprehend and communicate through written dialogue

Ability to get along with individuals of all backgrounds

Ability to be flexible and be able to handle unknown situations

Ability to negotiate conflicts

Ability to facilitate communication between individuals with no knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and be able to translate the meaning of this communication to the consumers using minimal sing language (MSL)

Ability to tolerate individuals and activities from various cultural backgrounds


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