PACTT Learning Center is seeking a Paraprofessional who will provide classroom assistance to students with autism in a therapeutic day school setting. Paraprofessionals at PACTT provide valuable and dynamic educational services to the students we serve.
PACTT educational, residential, and vocational programs support children and adults with autism. At PACTT, our mission is to assist individuals with autism in becoming as independent as possible with the ability to integrate effectively into their homes and community.
PACTT’s Therapeutic Day School provides individualized educational, behavioral, social and communication supports to students with autism, age 6-21. Our low student-staff ratio and small class sizes allow for regular small group and individual instruction. One-size-fits-all curriculum simply doesn’t work. At PACTT, we create a teaching program that uses a variety of research-based practices to meet the unique needs of each individual student. Paraprofessionals play an important role working with Special Education Teachers ensuring that each student is able to achieve their individual educational goals.
Provide a supportive educational environment for students.
Help students improve skills in basic academic areas such as reading, writing, math and social studies.
Help students develop and improve social interaction skills.
Implement specialized programs in areas of communication, socialization and behavior management.
Assist with and teach independent living skills.
Assist with personal self-care for students as needed.
Accompany students to various community activities.
Full-time employees at PACTT are eligible for full benefits after their probationary period ends. Benefits include vacation/sick time, affordable health and dental insurance, and a free life insurance policy.
Paid training program is provided for all staff.
PACTT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.
Mandatory Job Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree or,
High School degree/equivalent and ability to pass the ETS para professional exam.
At least one year experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Must have an aspiration to help others and possess a strong moral characte
Additional Salary Information: Full-time employees at PACTT are eligible for full benefits after their probationary period ends. Benefits include vacation/sick time, affordable health and dental insurance, and a free life insurance policy.
About PACTT Learning Center
Parents Allied with Children and Teachers for Tomorrow (PACTT) opened in 1993 as a school in Rogers Park. The founders began with a small group of students and staff, and a big goal – to create an autism-specific educational program that would help each student realize his or her potential as a participating member of a family and a community. With a combination of specialized teaching strategies and approaches geared to meet each student’s unique challenges, the program drew attention from other families and school districts. At that time, services for students with autism were limited, and PACTT was proving itself ready to meet the needs of this growing population of students.
Today, PACTT educational, residential, and vocational programs support children and adults with autism in becoming engaged members of their families and communities. PACTT Rogers Park programs now include school, transition and adult vocational services, as well as an adult residential home. In the Oak Park area, PACTT programs now include three residential homes – two for children and one for adults – and a growing adult vocational program.
PACTT’s founding vision continues to frame its future plans.... Expanded vocational and school services provide ongoing opportunities for people with autism to learn the skills needed to be more independent in their daily lives. Together with families and communities, PACTT aims to create a world where our participants are respected for the value they add to the lives of those with whom they work and live.
PACTT is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership.