PDS Job Description

Help teach ASL to one of our clients

Hello from People with Disabilities Succeeding (PDS)!

What is success?

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Does this definition of success resonate with you? If so, you might be perfect for PDS! This is a rewarding, satisfying job that helps people with developmental disabilities achieve success, while also improving your own quality of life.

PDS supports adults with developmental disabilities to experience all the joys that life has to offer, like working, having friends, staying healthy and fit, and participating in Marin as productive and accepted members of the community. We celebrate difference, diversity, and inclusion of all people.

Our clients have Down Syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities. They all want to be part of PDS and for the most part they love PDS because we so strongly promote dignity, respect, freedom and choice while also providing the compassion, nurturing and kindness that this vulnerable population deserves. Because the folks we serve are so happy, most days go smoothly and most people go home each day feeling good.

People with Disabilities Succeeding is innovative and different from other programs in our field. For instance our staff to participant ratio is just 1:2. And right now, our entire program is on Zoom. 

Every individual PDS serves is engaged in WhatsApp, social media, videochat and Zoom activities such as Talk Show, Cooking, Gardening, Dance, Art, Exercise, Social Media, Guided Meditation, Yoga, Music, Storytelling, Virtual Reality Tours, Travel and Culture, Disney, Karaoke, Sports Talk, Wonders of the World, Game Show, animal and nature classes, fun birthday celebrations, dance parties, concerts, lunch meetings, and special events.

PDS is bridging the digital divide for our clients. We're working with residential support providers and individuals who live independently to get them online, to handle technical difficulties, and to train them to use their iPads, iPhones and laptops.

PDS sends program supplies to our clients such as art materials, fun costumes for our dance parties, puppets, games, healthy snacks and anything else we can think of to cheer them up and make getting on Zoom more fun.


Title: Teach ASL to participant

People with Disabilities Succeeding helps our clients maintain paid jobs in the community where they can be productive, make friends and live happily. We have a new participant from Vietnam named Minh Tien, who is deaf and non- verbal. Unfortunately, due to lack of schooling in Vietnam, he cannot read or write or communicate proficiently with any form of sign language. How ever, he is fully capable of learning sign language. For example, within minutes, he learned how to sign "bathroom". We need help tapping his potential. He is so bright, sweet and charming, and very good at making himself understood through gestures, facial expressions and pantomime. If you are interested in helping him learn to sign, read and/or write, please call or email us. Helping this wonderful guy will be very rewarding.

We would like you to teach Minh Tien and our other staff and participants ASL on Zoom. You would have to be creative about how to teach ASL when someone cannot read. For instance you could use props and photos. 


We will need you to teach this class on Zoom, at least once per week, for one hour between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM. We can be flexible and work out best time for both of us. 


Experience: Must have fluent command of American Sign Language and demonstrate an ability to teach someone who is deaf and cannot read. We will have Minh Tien join us in any interviews.

Expectations: Must demonstrate warmth, patience, stamina, a good work ethic, compassion, sense of humor, a desire to help others, commitment to the values and participants of PDS, and enthusiasm for our mission. 

Instructions for applying:

Please go to www.pdsmarin.org to do your homework. Your chances at getting an interview are greatly increased if it is is evident that you have reviewed our website first. 


1. Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in the job. (You can be as detailed as you like here)

2. Do you have a computer for Zoom?

5. What is your background with American Sign Language?

6. What experience do you have with Zoom?

7. Have you ever worked with people with developmental disabilities before?

8. How would you teach ASL to someone who cannot read on Zoom?

9. What is your hourly salary requirements (you would be paid as a self-employed consultant) ?

10. Where do you live/where would you be Zooming from?