June 26, 2021
Call for Applications: Lead Support Assistant
The Lead Support Assistant is a full-time position supporting a non-speaking autistic person in communication, education, and everyday living. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively with a small support team and family to facilitate and cultivate the person’s access to education, leisure and relationships.
The role of Support Assistant is unique, and encompasses a range of activities and responsibilities. In an educational setting, the Lead Support Assistant advocates for accommodation, and often creates opportunities for access when it is purportedly unavailable. As part of the support team, and a key member of the burgeoning arts collective, the Lead Support Assistant keeps everyone organized, and has the opportunity to facilitate creative experiments, and workshops that invite others into neurodivergent time and space.
The Lead Support Assistant also works closely with the person, their family, and support team to develop schedules and routines that honour the need for both structure and flexibility in everyday living. It is essential that the Lead Support Assistant is able to anticipate opportunities, as well as challenges, and proactively prepare for them, communicating with members of the family and team. It is ideal for someone who is organized, creative, and has a can-do attitude.
We welcome applications from people with a lived experience of disability, as well as applicants from identities that are historically marginalized (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+). If you like, you can tell us about your lived experience and identities in your cover letter.