Disability Services Specialist in Hernando County, FL

February 15, 2019

POSITION SUMMARY:Responsible for providing training and technical assistance to Education staff regarding children’s development and special needs and ensures appropriate implementation of strategies and interventions in the classroom for children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities, including children receiving Tier Services and children with an LEA IEP. Responsible for providing support to the Disability Services Coordinator and Education Manager.



  • Coordinates and participates in the screening process, including early screening and throughout the school year based on Head Start Performance Standard timelines. Accurately scores and enters screening result data into ChildPlus.net.
  • Arranges for parent conferences to discuss screening results and requests consent for intervention in the classroom and/or consent for a referral to be made to Child Find/FDLRS/LEA for further evaluations to be completed.
  • Participates in case review meetings to discuss children with concerns, screening results, and to determine if tier services and/or a referral to Child Find/FDLRS is appropriate.
  • Provides information to parents regarding parents’ rights under due process, procedural safeguards, Child Find/FDLRS, school district ESE continuum of services and offers resources and materials regarding disability services.
  • Provides parent support and offers written strategies and/or interventions for home.
  • Maintains detailed case notes in ChildPlus.net and ensures disability section of the Health file is updated and complete.
  • Initiates and completes referral packet for Child Find/FDLRS/LEA referrals.
  • Attends Project Spotlights, staff/parent conferences and MDAT’s as needed.
  • Delivers, picks up and maintains accurate records for Disability Lending Library to enhance children’s development in all areas for children receiving disability services.
  • Collaborates and consults with teaching staff, conducts classroom observations, monitoring, modeling, and tracks progress for children receiving disability services.
  • Assists classroom teacher with implementation of Tier Services and LEA IEP’s and develops appropriate activities to supplement lesson plans to meet children’s needs.
  • Assists classroom teacher in providing home activities for parents to stimulate children’s development as needed.
  • Reviews Individualization Plans in the classrooms for children receiving disability services to ensure plans are appropriate and adequate.
  • Attends disability services meetings as requested or approved by supervisor.
  • Conduct home visits as needed.
  • Inform Disability Services Coordinator when supplies, materials and/or equipment is needed to meet the special needs of children.
  • Assists in or leads parent and staff trainings.
  • Actively participates in center/classroom activities, parent meetings and annual parent activities as requested.
  • Acts as an advocate and role model for Head Start families. Recruits children for the program.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the annual training plan, including pre-service, in-service, T/TA, and ongoing training requirements.
  • Attends and actively participates in training programs, staff meetings, and other meeting/trainings.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of client, staff and agency information.
  • Maintains effective working interaction with coworkers and outside contacts that will enhance the operation of the Head Start program.
  • Organizes and prioritizes all assignments as directed.
  • Participates in community activities that enhance Head Start programs as directed.
  • Participates in ongoing monitoring, Community Assessment and Self-Assessment and performs reasonable related functions.
  • Participates in regular safety, storm and fire drills.
  • Submits reports, documents, and files as directed.
  • Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Head Start, federal, state and local regulations/laws, and federal regulations/laws including the Head Start Performance Standards, applicable transmittal notices, and other administrative orders/directions.
  • Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., including but not limited to Personnel Policies, Occupational Health and Safety policies, payroll policies/practices, etc.



  • Performs any additional duties as directed or assigned by supervisor, management staff, program director or Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. management staff.




Education: Bachelor degree in Special Education, varying exceptionalities or related field.

Experience: Three years of experience in special education programs working with children with special needs, preferably in preschool or primary settings.

Licenses & Certifications: Valid Florida driver’s license and be insurable by Company’s current carrier. Subject to Federal, State and Local legal requirements/background checks/clearance for working with children. First Aid and CPR certified.



Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Sitting, standing for long periods of time, use of fingers, arms, hands and legs and voice/talking are constant. Good eyesight (correctable) and hearing (correctable) are essential. Squatting, walking, handling, grasping, stretching/reaching, bending at the waist, driving and light lifting and/or carrying (up to 15 lbs.) are frequent. Pushing, pulling, kneeling, balancing, turning, feeling, medium lifting and/or carrying (up to 50 lbs.) are occasional. Playing with children, which may include hopping, skipping, jumping, dancing, and twisting are occasional. Must have ability to get up from a seated position on the floor or a low chair without hesitation.

Equipment: Computer, facsimile, copy machine, calculator, switchboard, multi-line phone and other small office and instructional equipment and vehicle.

Skills & Expertise: Ability to arrive to work daily and on time. Ability to work with limited direction. Knowledge of organization methods. Skill in completing work with a high degree of accuracy. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people, particularly parents and children. Ability to analyze and interpret data and human/family needs. Ability to use and operate a personal computer. Ability to work with children. Knowledge of early childhood issues. Ability to maintain child and parent confidentiality. Ability to be reliable, responsible and accountable to job requirements. Knowledge of community and community programs/resources.



Job Location: Primary location is the Head Start facilities in Hernando, Sumter and/or Volusia counties. Occasional travel to other counties.

Work Environment: While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Office environment and working with others frequently. Working with office equipment is frequent. Occasionally outdoors and operates a vehicle.



Wage: $35,464.00/yr.


Benefits: Vacation, Sick, PTO, Health Benefits, 8% non matching retirement, company paid holidays


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