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Self-Direction for a person with a developmental disability means being able to have real control over one’s life. It is not a particular program or service. Self-Directed people have supports that are customized uniquely and specifically to that individual. Some people can clearly express their wishes and needs, and are able to make choices independently. Those who may need more assistance, can become Self-Directed by having family, guardians or trusted professionals help them choose how they want to spend their time and with whom.

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Participants & Families

If you are a participant or family member interested in hiring support staff you may opt in to Opportunities at Opportunities is a courtesy service provided by ISS to help support your staffing needs.

Once a week you will receive an email identifying potential candidates who have submitted their resume to ISS and have agreed to allow us to share it with you. ISS distributes this information as a courtesy only, and neither recommends, nor serves as a reference for these job seekers. Please contact Human Resources at to confirm an applicant’s current employment status. No one is able to start working until they have clearance from the ISS HR Department. If you wish to conditionally hire an applicant, the HR Department will work with you to get the applicant and necessary background checks processed.

Applicants for Support Staff

If you are seeking employment and want to explore the possibilities available through Self-Direction, please submit your resume along with the county you would like to work in to

By submitting your resume you agree to allow Independent Support Services to distribute it to participants and family members, who are recruiting staff as a part of the Self-Hire process. Participants and/or family members are solely responsible for reaching out, interviewing and hiring. ISS only serves as the “employer of record.”

Current Staff Members

If you are a current support staff member and would like to work with additional participants, please email your resume in either a Word or PDF document to: