Inclusion Facilitators – Youth Resources
This part-time position works directly with children and/or teenagers with developmental disabilities. Depending on the age of the child supported, people working in this position may be providing services in a child care program or in the Madison community at large. Facilitators are responsible for modeling appropriate interactions to the child’s peers, community members and building community partners to enhance the opportunities available for the children and teens we serve. When working in a child care setting, we focus on establishing friendships for the child as well as increasing child care staff’s knowledge, comfort level and involvement with including children with disabilities in their program. When working with teenagers, Inclusion Facilitators are responsible for inclusive and individualized social and recreational opportunities for youth.
Respite Providers – Respite
This position works directly with children, teenagers and adults who have developmental disabilities. Respite Providers are responsible for providing quality care for children, youth or adults with developmental disabilities; offering relief to family members or caregivers and allowing them the freedom to work, go to school, or just take a break, knowing that their family member with a disability is well cared for and safe. Respite care may take place in the family’s home, in the provider’s home or in the community.
Support Specialists – Respite
This position typically work with families experiencing more stress or whose child is at risk of out of home placement. This position plays an instrumental role in providing families under levels of high stress with quality care resulting in their decreased stress. Support Specialists are responsible for assisting the CARES Coordinator with stabilizing respite services for a family and then training new respite providers on the family/child’s team when recruited. Though each situation is unique, involvement with families is not likely long term and will decrease as the stress level in the family’s lives decrease and respite providers are in place.
While Support Specialists offer traditional respite care services to families other responsibilities may include parental or family guidance, implementing a positive support plan, helping provide structure to the environment, etc. Support Specialist are also called upon, when available, to offer back up support to all UCP respite families in the respite program who need immediate respite services or whose planned respite care falls through.
The skill level required for a Support Specialist is typically higher than a Respite Provider as Support Specialists are depended upon to be able to enter most situations with comfort and minimal training on the direct needs of the consumer.