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Community Disability Services Practitioner

Community disability services practitioners help people with disabilities fulfill their goals to be active citizens in the community. Working as part of a team, practitioners work with adults, youth or children, and their families to provide personalized supports. This involves understanding each person’s health and safety needs and knowledge of best practices and support strategies.

  • Avg. Salary $35,126.00
  • Avg. Wage $21.25
  • Minimum Education 1 year post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Community Support Practitioner, Disability Support Practitioner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Community and Social Service Workers (4212) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Community and Social Service Workers (E212) 
  • 2011 NOC: Social and community service workers (4212) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

27%
27%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Interest Codes
The Community Disability Services Practitioner is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Community and Social Service Workers
SOCIAL

Interest in consulting with social assistance recipients and pensioners to advise and aid them in locating and utitizing a variety of community resources; in referring clients to other social services; in counselling clients living in group homes and halfway houses and assisting in pre-release and release planning; in providing crisis intervention and emergency-shelter services; and in co-ordinating volunteer activities of community and social services organizations

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs; to assess clients' relevant skill strengths and deficits; and in maintaining contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients' overall progress

innovative

Interest in assisting clients to sort out options and develop plans of action, and in implementing and organizing the delivery of life-skills workshops, substance-abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social workers and health care professionals

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Community disability services practitioners work in a variety of settings (such as homes, workplaces, schools, the community, health care facilities, and recreational and leisure centres). Work hours vary with the setting. Residential settings may require shift work. Other settings may offer more regular hours. Evening and weekend work is often required. Practitioners may need to attend meetings or other functions.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Community disability services practitioners need to possess:

  • empathy and respect for others
  • a positive and energetic attitude
  • steady determination
  • good speaking and listening skills
  • the ability to advocate for others
  • the ability to motivate people
  • the ability to be well organized
  • the ability to work alone or on a team
  • a sense of social justice.

They should enjoy helping and working with others. They should also like coming up with new ideas and solutions.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Calgary

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Edmonton

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer

Cambrooks College - Downtown Campus

Canford Institute of Technology

Robertson College - Calgary NW

Robertson College - Calgary SE

Robertson College - Edmonton

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Simon Fraser University - Burnaby

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Community disability services practitioners work for community-based agencies, families, school boards, hospitals, long-term care agencies, and government programs that provide:

  • employment services for people with disabilities
  • residential supports
  • recreational programs
  • outreach programs.

Some community disability services practitioners work as educational assistants in schools (for more information, see the Educational Assistant occupational profile). With additional education or on-the-job training, community disability services practitioners may move into related areas such as employment counselling, disability management or behaviour support management. Experienced community disability services practitioners with related training may move into supervisory or management positions.

Community disability services practitioners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4212: Social and community service workers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the E212: Community and Social Service Workers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 354 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Salaries for community disability services practitioners vary a lot depending on work setting and qualifications.

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Social and community service workers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.05 $27.84 $18.68 $17.77
Overall $14.68 $30.20 $21.25 $21.00
Top $17.88 $35.33 $24.46 $22.99

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

66%
66%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

27%
27%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

Vacancy Rate

1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Alberta Council of Disability Services website: www.acds.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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