Job Opportunities

“Disability in Action, Inc.” a Center for Independent Living, is a non-residential, Consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-profit agency, operated by and for people with disabilities.  The Center is dedicated to assisting its Consumers to live as independently as possible and to achieve full inclusion into the communities in which they live.  “Disability in Action, Inc.,” will provide services such as advocacy, peer-support, information & referral, independent living skills training, benefits planning, job readiness training, youth & nursing home transition, and social and recreational activities.

The following position(s) are available at our Center for Independent Living in Abilene, Texas:


STAP Specialist Opening  

The STAP Specialist is responsible for ensuring that individuals with hearing loss, including those who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and oral deaf, obtain the services and resources they need as they strive to improve their quality of life and function independently in the community.  This position will focus primarily on individuals with that need specialized equipment to assist them in communication with others. The STAP Specialist reports to and is supervised by the Director of Programs.

Essential Tasks:

  •    Identify potentially eligible applicants and assist them in the application process.
  •   Appropriately certify qualified applicants and check applications for accuracy, thus reducing
  •   errors on the applications.
  •    Provide information about specialized telecommunications devices and services and
  •    provide hands-on training for individuals regarding those devices and services. 
  •    Assist Consumers in the selection of an appropriate assistance device to meet their
  •    individual needs.
  •    Serve all disability groups

Understands and subscribes to the philosophy and values of independent living, culturally relevant education, Consumer empowerment, and community integration.

Works closely with the Resource Specialists and other Disability in Action staff to link Consumers to important services and resources provided by federal, state and local governments, academic institutions, as well as to other community-based organizations.

Convenes target population for educational and social opportunities.

Develops a peer network among stakeholders and the unserved/underserved Consumers within the target population to promote the awareness of available services

Ensures services and outcomes are of expected quality through follow-up contacts with Consumers and through Consumer Satisfaction Surveys.

Provides training, consultation and presentations to the target population and public and private service agencies to increase deaf awareness and the resources available.

Maintains full, accurate, and current documentation and submits reports in specified timeframes.

Increases knowledge base through trainings and other professional growth opportunities.

Complies with Disability in Action’s policies and procedures and utilizes resources efficiently.

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The previous statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


  • Understands the social, cultural, economic, and communication needs of individuals who are deaf
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in various forms
  • Knowledge of the ADA, ADA Amendment Act, Fair Housing Act and Sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Ability to network and promote good community relations.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude, particularly in stressful situations       
  • Attention to detail and discretion with confidential information
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications, particularly Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel and work independently 


Completion of a four-year degree in human services, with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience of working with the Deaf community, Red Cross CPR/AED Certification, for the purposes of gaining access into emergency shelters to provide outreach and support services; or, any combination of education and experience that, in the opinion of Disability in Action’s Executive Director, qualifies the individual for the position.


 To Apply:

All candidates must submit a cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications, a resume and 3 professional references and a resume to by Feb 17, 2017.


DIA is an equal opportunity employer, Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.