Community disability services practitioners work with people who have developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities. They may focus on a specific age group or on people with a specific type of disability. Duties vary but, in general, they:
- consider each person’s abilities and needs
- get to know clients quickly and easily
- explore and expand lifestyle, education and career options
- help people access community services related to their recreational, medical, learning, employment, and leisure needs
- find programs and employers that provide relevant services, and help people access those services
- help people develop and maintain support networks
- promote personal growth and self-determination
- help with personal care needs (if required)
- provide support, training and guidance to individuals and their families
- create and maintain records
- review research (evidence-based) to inform best practices.
Community disability services practitioners may work as part of a team of professionals (including doctors, psychologists, teachers, and therapists) and family members to develop and carry out plans that support behavioural, residential, social, or employment goals.