Position Information

Feb 7, 2018

Jul 1, 2018


Part-time Job Opportunity:
I am looking for someone with a Special Education background to join a team of "Big Sisters" to work with my 19-year-old daughter who happens to be both blind and have PDD (on the autistic spectrum).  The position would have 2 components - 1) to help my daughter work on daily living, self-care skills and be a "Big Sister" to her (i.e., take her places and have fun with her), and 2) to implement Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) with her (this is the therapist part).  RDI is an approach that helps develop new neurological pathways in the brain that bypass/override the autistic pathways already established.  Rather than just being a therapy, it is a mode of interacting.  Applicants must be willing to learn how to implement the RDI approach.  


  • Applicants must:
    - Have experience working with individuals who have special needs (e.g.; SPED, Speech and Language, OT)
    - Be reliable, self-motivated,  and mature
    - Have a car, clean driving record
    - Be able to read non-verbal communication and be comfortable w/someone who uses minimal verbal communication
    - Be creative and patient
    - Be interested in learning/applying the principles of RDI

    Big Sisters will need to fill out an attendant application with Public Partnerships in order to work.                    
How to Apply:  Email. 

Current Medicaid hourly rate in VA ($8.50- $9.00)

Hours per week
2-5 hours (optional hours are available)

Specific hours
Shifts are Wednesday and Thursdays 4:30 - 6:00 pm , Fridays 12:45 - 5:30, Saturdays 1:30-4:30. Sunday afternoons and occasional nighttime or longer daytime shifts are available. There is the possibility of full-time summer employment.

Duration of position
Indefinite - with possibility of full-time summer employment.

Employer Information

Jan Eckert



860 Mockingbird Dr, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802

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