Job Posting: Habilitation Specialist

Habilitation Specialist at Personnel Plus

Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/ university in Special Education or related field.  Meet requirements to obtain DODD “professional” certification.

Must have strong structural skills to organize information logically; problem solve and relate effectively to people.

Ability to work with a variety of professionals; communicate effectively both verbally and written.

Knowledge of DODD rules and regulations; Board policies and procedures; CARF and other regulations as appropriate.*

Valid Ohio driver’s license and able to drive for work related situations.

Able to work flexible schedule to meet needs of individuals.  Must be able to lift, carry and move up to 50 lbs. using appropriate transfer techniques.

Will be required to successfully complete training modules in delegated nursing tasks.

*Obtain after hire.


Assist individuals in identifying choices, preferences, and strengths through utilization and facilitation of a person centered planning and functional assessment process.  Assist individuals and their families in identifying personal, vocational and habilitation goals and services, supports, and training relevant to the attainment of those goals through the ISP process. Provide documentation of as required by DODD Rules, Medicaid Rules, CARF Standards, and other requirements.


Coordinate and monitor the delivery of day habilitation and supported employment services to the ISP team members.  Utilize formal and informal mechanisms to assess individual satisfaction with the results of services, supports, and training.

Coordinate and document scheduled Pre-ISP meetings for day habilitation and supported employment services.  Submit the ISP and written reviews of the ISP to appropriate service providers and to others selected by the individual.  Collect relevant data, prepare reports, correspondence, and documentation as required by procedure.  Act as a liaison between the individual’s home and other natural support systems and the Adult Service Program.  Make service referrals, identify and utilize natural and community supports.  Assist in the development of natural support systems when necessary, based on the Individual Service Plan.

Documentation by both written and electronic forms.

Provide supervision, training, support, and informal counseling as specified in the individual’s  ISP.  Implement procedures to fulfill ISP day habilitation goals/objectives and evaluate effectiveness.  May be required to provide assistance with personal needs such as toileting and feeding.

Monitor maintenance of case records.  Assist in selection of education and training materials, supplies, and equipment relevant to ISP services, supports, and training.

Perform other related duties as assigned such as membership on various standing committees and performance of certain first aid and delegated nursing tasks.  Represent agency on committees and at meetings.

Wage:                           Per adopted salary schedule

Status:                          ABEA Union

Benefits:                      Health, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurances and Sick,                                                   Vacation,and Personal Leaves

Schedule:                    Monday – Friday, 37.5 hours – 8 Harper Street, The Plains

Deadline:                     April 25, 2014

Date Posted:               April 18, 2014

Letter of Intent must be submitted to the Administrative Office, 801 W. Union St., Athens, OH  45701, by 3:00 PM April 25, 2014.  EOE

Job Posting: Substitute Adult Service Aides

We are hiring Substitute Adult Service Aides. The position is an on call as needed basis. Responsibilities include providing  personal care and personal supports to persons with a Developmental Disability . This is a rewarding position that offers some benefits and incentives. Please contact Joanne Heinzman, RN or Lia Silver for more information at 740 592-6659. You may pick up an application at ATCO or Beacon School.

Health and Wellness Newsletter February/March 2014

Newsletter 14Feb20

 February 1 – 28
Is American Heart Month

Did you know that Coronary Heart Disease is America’s #1 Killer!?!?

That’s why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know warning signs, and know how to respond quickly to warning signs.

Heart Attack Signs:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in areas of the upper body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

How to Respond:

  • Fast Action saves lives.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your local EMS number


About High Blood Pressure:

The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked:


Blood Pressure


(bottom Number)

Normal Less than 20 Less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 80-89
High blood pressure  
Stage 1 140-159 90-99
Stage 2 150 or higher 100 or higher


March 1 – 31 is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer.  In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women.  Caught early, it is often curable.

Symptoms can include blood in stool, change in bowel habits, and general stomach discomfort.

Regular colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50 and include:

  • Annual fecal occult blood testing
  • Sigmoideoscopy / Colonoscopy
  • Contrast barium enemas

For Heart and Bowel Health:

  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
  • Stay physically active and maintain a healthy body weight.

Beacon’s 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast W Santa 2013

Where: Beacon School  801 West Union Street in Athens

When: December 7th, 2013   From 9am to 11am 

What: Fundraiser for Beacon School Curriculum and Activities Fund     

Tickets are $5 and available for pre-sale or at the door!

Activities include; breakfast, arts and crafts, live music and bring your cameras for pictures with Santa himself!

Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

Summer brings fun in the sun, but it also brings certain risks.  During hot weather months, special attention needs to be given to the Apparent Temperature, which is a combination of air temperature and relative humidity.  Most people will be uncomfortable when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees.  In order to avoid this discomfort and possible medical emergencies, outside activities should be carefully considered when temperatures are predicted to exceed 85 degrees.

 Why You Might Be At Risk

Everyone is at risk for heat-related illnesses in the hot summer months, but you may be at heightened risk if you are taking medications. Many classes of drugs, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, predispose their users to heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke (a medical emergency).  Among heat-interacting medications are antidepressants, antihistamines, antipsychotics, and diuretics.

 What You Can Do

  • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Limit your outside activities when the temperatures are predicted to exceed 85 degrees.
  • Learn the Heat-Related Terms listed on the back of this sheet, and Take Action and Get Help immediately if you notice any signs on heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke in yourself or others.


Know What These Heat-Related Terms Mean:

Heat cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are an early signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat exhaustion: Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim may suffer heat stroke. Signals of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

Heat stroke: Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke is life-threatening. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high—sometimes as high as 105ºF. 

General Care for Heat Emergencies:

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion: Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. If the person is fully awake and alert, give half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not let him or her drink too quickly. Do not give liquids that contain alcohol or caffeine. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if the person refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness.

Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation! Help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse victim in a cool bath, or wrap wet sheets around the body and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems. Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can. If the victim refuses water or is vomiting or there are changes in the level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

Congratulations to the Athens Special Olympics Bowling team!

Our athletes earned 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and 1 ribbon at the State Summer Games June 28th-30th in Columbus, OH!

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Featured Program – Beacon School


Hello from the Beacon students and staff! We are pleased to be sharing our spring activities with you. This Spring, many of our classes will be enjoying nature walks on the bike path to increase their physical activity. The Early Intervention Specialists are continuing their project to get certification to P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters Project). The Preschool students have been busy learning about the butterfly life cycle while they are feeding and watching their butterflies grow. They are looking forward to several interesting and fun Spring fieldtrips. The Primary I students are having a fun year working hard on functional academics and enjoying music therapy class, Creative Expressions learning activities, and Dance Class. Primary II students have been busy learning about a good bug-the praying mantis! They are observing its life cycle while they are feeding and watching their praying mantis grow. In April, the Primary I and Primary 2 classrooms were invited by their VSA Ohio Dance Instructor to attend Ohio University’s Spring Dance Concert at The Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater. All the students and staff enjoyed the experience of attending the wonderful performance. The Intermediate I students have enjoyed weekly classroom learning themes including dinosaurs, oceans life, and outerspace. The Intermediate II students are planning their annual picnic outing to Strouds Run and will be tie-dying their shirts for the Awards Ceremony. The Young Adult Class has been busy in the greenhouse, planting and selling different vegetables and flowers to our community friends. On Friday, April 26th, the Beacon student athletes were delighted to compete in the Area 8 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet held at the Alexander School fields. The weather was great and a good time was had by all!


Monday, May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week and we will be celebrating all our great Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Student Teachers, Therapists and Educational Aides. Wednesday, May 29th will be Preschool Graduation and Thursday, May 30th will be the School Age Graduation and Awards Ceremony. As we are nearing the end of the school year, I would like to thank the students and staff for another great year. Dust off those bells, drums, and horns and get ready to celebrate; the last day of school will be here soon!

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