Specialist, Assistive Technology - Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada

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Winnipeg, MB
Job description

This position provides functional expertise for the comprehensive multi-faceted service and operations program within a matrix reporting structure. 

General Responsibilities:
  • Assesses individuals with vision loss and helps them identify their personal needs and requirements as it relates to assistive technology solutions.
  • In consultation with the individual, makes recommendations on assistive technology and training solutions to meet their unique needs.
  • Assists individuals with a plan for the implementation of the assistive technology recommendations, including acquisition, setup and configuration, and training of the assistive device
  • Performs administrative duties, including but not limited to, service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.
  • Delivers public speaking seminars and workshops on assistive technology and related topics to community agencies/groups and others.  Demonstrates assistive technology options and solutions to both internal and external audiences.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families re adjustment to vision loss.
  • Promotes an understanding and awareness of assistive technology and related issues through consultation, public education and in-service training.
  • Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Liaises and builds relationships with funding agencies, vendors, educational institutions and other third-party organizations on behalf of clients.
  • Assists with the training, placement and supervision of volunteers and students.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact:
  • Provides timely delivery of assessments to individuals to help them determine what assistive technology will be best suited for their needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to creatively and quickly resolve problems to respond to unique individual needs.
  • Supports individuals in their use of assistive technology and in resolving related problems and recommending solutions to those problems.

Decision Autonomy:
  • Utilizes standard procedures and processes to work with individuals to determine appropriate assistive technology.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires referral to another CNIB service or external service. 
  • Operates with flexibility and personal discretion so as to accommodate each person’s specific needs.
  • Takes initiative to keep abreast of assistive technology as it relates to vision loss.  Takes initiative in professional development activities to keep current in all aspects of mainstream and assistive technology.
  • Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
  • Provides leadership in training and coaching volunteers, students and staff.
  • Facilitates and enhances team efforts on a professional level and shares specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals, of all ages, with vision loss.
  • Basic understanding of the principles of low vision and the impact of visual demands when transferred to electronic visual displays.
  • General understanding of other disabilities and how this affects assistive technology selection and instruction.
  • Knowledge of assistive technology
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.
  • Related work experience.
Experience and Education:
  • College diploma or university degree in technology
  • Courses or certificate in teaching and training.
  • Extensive knowledge of assistive technology.
  • Good command of relevant computer applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Working conditions
  • Service will be provided in CNIB centers, individual homes and/or the community.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness to travel overnight.
  • Ability to lift/carry items up to 15 kilograms
Application and contact information

VLRC strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. VLRC 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 VLRC.

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

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact marlene.hatgistamatakis@vlrehab.ca

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

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

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