Family Support Navigator (FSN)

Job Posting

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University is pleased to announce our new project: the Michigan Older Caregivers of Emerging Adults with Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MI-OCEAN).


Funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, MI-OCEAN will help create a supportive network of older adults who are family caregivers to adults with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. This unique combination of education and peer support will bolster older adults who are trying to balance their own age-related issues while caring for their family member with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities.


MI-DDI is recruiting 10 Family Support Navigators statewide, to provide peer support to older caregivers of individual’s age 21 and up with developmental disabilities. Family Support Navigators will be compensated for their time including participation in a required 2-day training on how to navigate systems, empower caregivers, improve caregiver health outcomes and promote inclusive opportunities for families. Caregivers are individuals who provide at least 20 hours per week of companionship, physical and or other types of assistance to an adult with disabilities. This individual does not have to live in your home. Applicants should also meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 60 years of age
  • Be/have been a caregiver to a family member, 21 years or older, with a developmental disability
  • Experience navigating systems of support
  • Knowledgeable about community resources
  • High school graduate
  • Possess a valid Michigan’s driver’s license and proof of auto insurance
  • Willing to be hired by Wayne State University
  • Some previous experience with evaluation and or assessment tools (preferred)


For more information, contact: Elizabeth Janks, Project Manager


313-577-6368 or 248-990-6467


Deadline for Applying: February 15, 2019

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