Support Service Provider

Mission Statement

CDR is a disability led, not-for-profit corporation.  We provide services to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model which promotes independence of people with all types of disabilities, enabling choice in living setting, full access to the community, and control of their life. 

CDR works for national, state, and local systemic change to advance the rights of people with disabilities by supporting direct action, coalition building, community organizing, policy analysis, litigation,  training for advocates, and community education.  

CDR advocates for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. 

Job Summary:  SSP services are individually designed for helping a Deaf-Blind and/or individual with moderate vision loss learn skills and get supports needed to pursue personal interests, integration, and independence.  These services are provided in the person’s home and in the community. The SSP staff provides access to the community by making transportation available and serves as a human guide while walking. The SSP relays visual and environmental information that may not be heard or seen by the person who is Deaf-Blind/Visually Impaired.  The SSP staff is to assist Deaf-Blind individuals in achieving their goals, personal values, and outcomes. SSP Staff acts as a link between persons who are Deaf-Blind/Vision Loss and their environment as a guide and communication facilitator.  

Job Duties:

  • As a representative of CDR, be committed in all that you do to support, perpetuate, and model the CDR Mission. 
  • Provide services such as one-on-one communication assistance and supervision with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, light household tasks, safety in the community, public transportation, shopping, socialization, and/or other tasks chosen by the individual.
  • Communicate with Manager of Deaf Services about needs desired by individual. Recommend additional services based on their growing knowledge of the individuals’ interests.
  • Receive instructions from Manager of Deaf Services to support and promote services to achieve goals of individual.
  • The SSP may provide information to the individual to assist in considering options, but at no point should the SSP make choices and decisions but to remain objective, supportive and empowering while providing services, sparing in expressing their personal preferences.
  • Document progress notes related to travel/assistance provided
  • Report attendance and daily activities to Manager of Deaf Services
  • Attend training sessions designed to increase knowledge base related to Deaf Blindness, Rights and Responsibilities of participants, and all required agency trainings.
  • Attend all scheduled Staff meetings
  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Adhere to all CDR agency policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.


  • ·         Must be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • ·         Must have high school diploma or GED. Must be at least 18 years old
  • ·         One year of experience working with Deaf individuals preferred in the human services field
  • ·         Ability to comprehend and communicate through written dialogue
  • ·         Customer Services Principles
  • ·         Organizational Representation
  • ·         Knowledge of Deaf and Deaf-Blind
  • ·         Have good written communication skills
  • ·         Have the ability to meet the individuals’ needs
  • ·         Ability to get along with individuals of all backgrounds
  • ·         Ability to be flexible and be able to handle unknown situations
  • ·         Ability to tolerate individuals and activities from various cultural backgrounds
  • ·         Ability to be flexible and work varying hours depending on the needs of consumers 

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The Job Duties are representative of the essential functions of the position. The physical requirements for this position are those typically present in normal office environment conditions. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Reliable transportation is necessary as there may be local day business travel required of this position.

The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a participant controlled, cross disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves.  CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

The Center for Disability Rights, inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All reasonable accommodations will be made.

The Center for Disability Rights works for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. It is vitally important to the mission of the organization that all employees understand, accept, and practice the values of the organization in the conduct of their work.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment and or belief to the civil rights of persons with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting possible.

Center for Disability Rights is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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