Specialist, Independent Living Skills

Opening date
Job description
This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:
  • Assesses the independent living needs and abilities of individuals.
  • With the individual, identifies and prioritizes goals, and develops an independent living plan.
  • Teaches adaptive skills for independent living in areas of personal management, household management, communication, leisure activities, basic indoor orientation & mobility skills, and basic technology training 
  • Assists individuals in the acquisition and use of assistive devices.
  • Promotes self-advocacy skills for individuals living with vision loss to access community programs and resources (i.e. leisure programs, acquisition of adaptive equipment, etc.).
  • Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada Systems and Procedures.
  • Provides consultation, public education, and in-service training.
  • Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.
  • Maintaining, facilitating, and conducting group sessions and presentations.
  • Liaises and builds relationships with community-based   rehabilitation teams, agencies, schools, partners, health practitioners and stakeholders.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families re adjustment to vision loss.
  • Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Promotes an understanding and awareness of vision health related issues through consultation, public education, and in-service training.
  • Assists with the training, placement and supervision of volunteers and students.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact
  • Provide timely delivery of services to ensure people living with vision loss acquire skills and assistive technology to remain/regain independence.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.
Decision Autonomy
  • Utilizes standard procedures and processes to implement each individual’s unique independent living plan.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires a referral to another CNIB service or external services.
  • Takes initiative to keep abreast of knowledge in the expertise of vision rehabilitation/independent living skills
  • Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
  • 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.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements

• Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss an asset
• Knowledge and experience working with adaptive technology
• Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.
• Mature and professional attitude
• Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
• Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills.
• Decision-making and problem-solving ability
• Self-directed, organized and detail oriented
• Ability to travel within the province to deliver community-based services

Experience and Education

• Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program (Mohawk College); or Diploma in Specialized Studies, O&M and Vision Rehabilitation (University of Montreal) an asset.
• Eligible for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada ILS training.
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent.
• Eligible for ACVREP Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) certification.
• Good command of relevant computer applications
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience running and facilitating groups an asset.

Application and contact information

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 let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

Closing Date for Applications: May 31, 2019 or until position is filled

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact dan.vodon@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 CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.