How to become a Disability Services Instructor

Disability services instructors assess training needs, conduct training programmes and organise employment or recreation and leisure activities for people with intellectual, physical, sensory, social or emotional disabilities.

Personal requirements for a Disability Services Instructor

  • Understanding and acceptance of people with disability
  • Good communication, organisational and leadership skills
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Patient and flexible.

Duties & Tasks of a Disability Services Instructor

Disability services instructors may perform the following tasks:

  • Determine the needs of people with disability, including those needs which may be met through training or work experience
  • Plan, develop and implement education and training programmes and check on how well they have worked
  • Talk to parents, residential care workers, community groups, employers and other interested people.

Working conditions for a Disability Services Instructor

Disability services instructors may be required to work outside normal business hours. This depends on the nature of the training involved and could include a wide variety of tasks, such as organising a paper round or recreation and leisure activities.


They may specialise in one of the following service areas:

  • -Disability Employment Service - finds jobs in the open labour market for people with disability, injury or health conditions. They also provide the necessary training and support to assist people to learn and retain the job, for as long as required. They work with local employers, Registered Training Organisations, government departments, community and health services, and other organisations as part of their service delivery. This is also known as Supported Employment.-Life Education - teaches independent living skills to people with disability, as well as providing literacy and numeracy skills, communication and vocational training, community orientation training, and techniques of coping with daily living activities.-Recreation and Leisure - establishes recreation and support networks and provides recreation and community orientation training.

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