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Helping the disabled will be workshop topic
The disAbility Resource Center is sponsoring a free workshop on Aug. 25 for people who want to learn more about becoming a consumer-directed assistant.
A consumer-directed assistant helps an individual with a disability with supports needed to live in the community.
The workshop, which includes lunch, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladysmith branch of Caroline Library, 7199 Clara Smith Dr., Ruther Glen.
To register, call or e-mail Kim Lett at 540/373-2559 or email@example.com, for registration.
The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living, through a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities titled “Improving and Expanding Consumer-Directed Services” is working to develop a statewide workforce of Consumer-Directed Assistants and to establish an electronic Consumer-Directed Assistant Directory.
A Consumer-Directed Assistant is a 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, a person 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.