Specialist, Low Vision

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Ontario North
Ontario West
Thunder Bay, ON
Job description

Rate: $23.77

Term: 18 month contract

Location: Thunder Bay


Reporting to the Regional Manager, Ontario North, the Specialist, Low Vision performs Functional Low Vision and Assistive Technology Assessments, which include education regarding vision related topics; training in the use of low vision devices; instruction on how to maximize residual vision or integrate sight substitution technology into activities of daily living.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Conducts functional low vision and assistive technology assessments.
  • Teaches individuals with partial sight how to maximize residual vision.
  • Recommends and trains in the use of optical and non-optical aids.
  • Educates individuals about their eye condition and vision health.
  • Refers individuals to other internal and external services. 
  • Handles public inquiries regarding vision health and low vision services
  • Conducts research on new optical aids, adaptive equipment, and new findings in the eye care field.  Attends professional development training and conferences as required.
  • Delivers public speaking seminars and workshops on low vision services and related topics to community agencies/groups and health care professionals.
  • Interprets medical information.
  • Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to, service tracking, benchmarking, documentation of assessments/client contact, and applicable subsidy program as appropriate.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology, and low vision rehabilitation including optical and non-optical aids, visual skills and adaptive technology, blindness, and deaf-blindness and the psychosocial aspects of vision loss.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate various size groups.
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors).
  • Demonstrated decision making and judgement.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.

Experience and Education:

  • All personnel hired to provide low vision services must meet the requirements of the CNIB National Vision Rehabilitation (Low Vision Specialist) Training Program.
  • Must be graduates from a post secondary institution with a major in health care or vision i.e. public health or community nursing.  ACVREP Certified Low Vision Therapists, COC, AOC, or equivalent Certified Orthoptists, and JCAHPO certified allied health personnel in ophthalmology.
  • Eligible for ACVREP certification.
  • Good Commend of relevant computer applications.
  • Excellent verbal, written and math skills.
Application and contact information

Closing Date for Applications:  March 19, 2019

Please Send the Application To: resumes@cnib.ca and quote the job title in the subject line

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

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 state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and VLRC 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 VLRC, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.