The Adaptive Abilities Mentor provides direct support to ensure all participants have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. The Adaptive Abilities Mentor helps people in need of adaptive assistance become more independent and involved in their community through a variety of tasks and activities to make their day meaningful and support their achievement of desired outcomes. The Adaptive Abilities Mentor will be responsible for providing compassionate care and assistance to persons with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges to allow them to remain and live successfully in their own homes, function and participate in their communities, and avoid institutionalization. The Adaptive Abilities Mentor is passionate about the Company’s mission and familiar with concepts, practices and procedures of the services provided. 

Education Requirements:  At a minimum, the Adaptive Abilities Mentor must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Associates degree or above is preferred. One year working with people with adaptive support needs preferred.

Specific Qualifications:  The Adaptive Abilities Mentor must provide evidence of the following skills and proficiency:

  • Compassionate about the care and well-being of others.
  • Willingness to provide emotional, social, behavioral, and practical support.
  • Recognition that all people have strengths and they need to discover and use them.
  • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Be an active listener and offer support and encouragement.
  • Provide a positive environment for participants served that allows for learning and enjoyment of activities.
  • Ability to travel to locations within the service county with occasional travel out of the county area as arranged between the Mentor and participant.
  • Professionalism, discretion and judgment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance with daily living activities, such as meal preparation and planning, chores, medication administration, personal care, community integration, and other monitoring needed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the participant.
  • Escort the participant and facilitate community involvement by accompanying individuals on community activities and appointments or providing transportation to work or other activities.
  • Encourage independence as possible and teach self-advocacy and social skills.
  • Serve as an advocate to encourage the expression of personal preferences and protect the human rights of the participant served at all times.
  • Assistance with mobility as needed – including, but not limited to transfers, ambulation, and use of assistive devices; must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Provide for the dignity of participants by ensuring personal cleanliness, including monitoring the condition of personal possessions, clothing and adaptive equipment.
  • Empower the participant to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies.
  • Model and promote a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication.
  • Maintain safe settings and appropriate boundaries for the health of the participant.
  • Identify the personal interests of each client and engage each in activities inside and outside of the home to help expose each one to new opportunities and experiences.
  • Acknowledge individual strengths, talents and gifts and encourage participants to find ways to use them.
  • Actively participate as a member on the Individual Support Team (IST) for the development or revision of the service plan.
  • Implement strategies that build a relationship with the client to promote positive family and peer relationships, development and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and implementation of the strategies and techniques in Behavior Support Plans as applicable.
  • Maintain a caseload of daily documentation and submit quarterly/semi/annual reports for persons served. 
  • Comply and participate in all required training and supervision.

 Other Responsibilities / Requirements:

  • Responsibly handle confidential and time sensitive material.
  • Valid driver’s license, safe and reliable vehicle with full coverage insurance.
  • No previous criminal record.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug test.
  • Maintain service on a Smartphone with data.
  • Completed orientation and all on-going training.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Interested candidates, please contact us by email at or apply using the form on this page.

Apply for this Position

Please use the below link to submit an application. This is a fillable pdf file. You can fill online, save to your computer then send by email to

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Direct Service Workforce Investment Grant

Rhyme & Reason has received Indiana’s Direct Service Workforce Investment Grant. We believe that our Adaptive Abilities Mentors are a valued part of our workforce. They play a vital role in providing the support individuals need to live, work, and participate in their communities. We are excited to obtain funds that will assist us in recognizing their contributions to our organization.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is dedicating $130 million to providers across Indiana with the requirement that 95% of that funding flows directly to the direct service workforce. Below is the Rhyme & Reason plan for the funding we will receive.

Financial Compensation

Increase hourly wage and provide incentives, including transportation vouchers and bonuses, to DSWs who demonstrate compliance with the Settings Rule.

Wraparound Benefits

Increase monthly stipend amount that supports staff participation in activities and community outings with consumers for eligible employees.

Retention Activities

Provide a one time retention bonus for DSWs who have been employed with us for 6 months during the 2023 calendar year.

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