Community Habilitation Specialist

Since 1893, Helen Keller Services (HKS) has been committed to improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss. HKS is comprised of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, a regional division serving the New York City/Long Island area, and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, a national division headquartered in Sands Point, New York, with a network of regional offices that extends HKS’ reach across the United States.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKS team as a per diem Community Habilitation Specialist in Hempstead, NY.



A Community Habilitation Specialist is responsible for providing assistance and support to individuals within their local communities. Services must either start or end within the individual’s home.  The Waiver Service Provider must assist in the preparation and performance of support services outlined within the Habilitation Plan.  This plan must be reviewed at a minimum of twice a year, and staff must adhere to each individuals person centered outcomes incorporated within the program plan.



  • Learn and implement the person centered program plan for each participant (this could include ISP/Life Plan/PC Program Plan).
  • Contemporaneously record data by completing the Program Record review sheet, monthly notes  and any other billing documents accurately, completely, and submitting such records in a timely manner
  • Work independently with limited supervision
  • Participate in any program meetings/trainings and events as requested by your supervisor
  • Assist in planning for and organizing Individuals PC- Plan and schedule
  • Accompany and assist individual within their home and local community with all task specific assignments outlined within the individuals PC-Plan  
  • Report to work in a timely fashion and report absences or foreseen absences to Program Director and family in a timely fashion
  • Carry out assignments and/or activities as assigned by the Program Director.
  • Assist with transportation in the local community
  • Must be flexible and able to work a pre-arranged schedule as discussed with the Individual and/or family.
  • To complete all other assignments as directed.



Minimum High School Diploma or equivalency required. Valid NYS driver’s license required. Experience working with the blind and/or developmentally disabled and knowledge of OPWDD regulations preferred.

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