Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.


November 7, 2017

Job Title:

Specialist, Deafblind Literacy



Contract, 2 days per week



Greater Toronto Area, ON



Provides literacy instruction to individuals with combined loss of hearing and sight, as well as act as a resource to staff members.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Conducts assessments of new students and designs individual programmes using appropriate communication methods and mediums.
  • Responsible for recruitment, training, placement, and supervision of volunteer/student component where appropriate.
  • Participates in and supports public awareness activities.
  • Composes government reports and proposals for funding.
  • Updates and maintains resource database of literacy programs
  • Acts as a resource for CNIB staff members and third party community networks.
  • Maintains contact with the literacy community, especially those that relate to deafblindness
  • Updates and maintains accurate client files, statistical reports, attendance and projected client contact hours.
  • Initiates and maintains a library of literacy materials appropriate for deafblind students.
  • Provides general information with regards to literacy programs for deafblind students.


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities.

  • Ability to adjust instruction strategies to meet the needs of the client. 
  • Skills in communicating in alternative forms known to be used with individuals with combined loss of hearing and sight i.e. American Sign Language, Two Hand Manual, Fingerspelling and Braille. 
  • Excellent computer skills to maintain records, research client data, and write reports.
  • Good working knowledge of OALCF and EOIS-CaMs
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Possess strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Demonstrate strong ethical behaviours and ability in maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Possess a mature and professional demeanor.

Experience and Education:

  • Community college diploma or equivalent related work.
  • Training or teaching experience in similar environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in the following communication methods: tactile signing systems, finger spelling, two hand manual, American Sign Language, English grammar and Braille.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Occasional travel may be required.


Closing Date for Applications:  November 13, 2017

Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.