The disAbility Resource Center will sponsor a free workshop for people who want to learn more about becoming a consumer-directed assistant.
A consumer-directed assistant works for an individual with a disability to help provide the support needed to live in the community. It can be a rewarding and meaningful career of serving others. It offers flexible hours and on-the-job training, requires no specialized or costly education or degree, and provides a person with an opportunity to build valuable skills while earning pay.
To become a consumer-directed assistant, an individual must be 18 years old, have a Social Security number, pass a criminal background check, and pass a child protective services check if working with a child.
The workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m. to noon March 30 at the dRC, 409 Progress St., Fredericksburg.
Registration is requested by March 26. For more information or to register, call or e-mail Kim Lett at (540) 373-2559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living, through a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, is working to develop a workforce of consumer-directed assistants and to establish an electronic Consumer-Directed Assistant Directory.