Position Information

Jul 14, 2021

Sep 1, 2021



I am looking for someone with Special Education experience to be a Big Sister to my college-aged daughter who happens to be both blind and have PDD (on the autistic spectrum).  The position involves taking my daughter to do fun activities (local concerts – day or evening, events in the community, X-Lab events, working with her on personal care and independence skills, implementing communication and problem-solving techniques, and possibly working with her on Rapid Prompt Method writing.   In addition, I encourage aides to take my daughter to events and activities in the evening or to events outside the designated shift times that would be fun for her (concerts at Golden Pony, etc…)

We have 3 cats and have a non-smoking environment


-Experience working with individuals who have special needs (e.g.; SPED, Speech and Language, OT)

-Show proof of having received the COVID vaccine and be willing to wear a mask

- Be reliable, mature, and have good communication skills

- Have a car and a clean driving record

- Have a flexible schedule

- Be able to read non-verbal communication and be comfortable w/someone who uses minimal verbal communication

- Is patient, creative, self-motivated, and interested in learning/practicing new techniques

- Be willing to implement guidelines for communication and engagement

Big Sisters will need to fill out an attendant application with Public Partnerships and have a background check in order to work.                     

How to apply:

To apply, please send an email that includes the following:

1) your experience working with special needs children,

2) why you are interested in this job

3) your year and your major

4) your schedule / availability

5) your phone number, and

6) phone and email contact information for 3 references. 

$10.50 - Current Medicaid rate for this area of Virginia

Specific hours
I am looking for someone to work over the summer. Hours open for discussion. Successful candidate will be able to continue work part-time in the Fall.

Employer Information

Jan Eckert


Reherd Acres , Harrisonburg , VA,

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