Vision Loss Rehabilitation - Specialist, Orientation & Mobility/Independent Living Skills

Opening date
Closing date
Term
Full-time
Region
British Columbia & Yukon
Location
Kelowna BC
Job description

General Responsibilities Orientation & Mobility:

  • Conducts pre and post service assessments and documents the O&M needs and personal goals of individuals with vision loss.
  • With the individual, identifies and prioritizes client-chosen goals and objectives.
  • Plans and carries out mutually agreed upon training plans
  • Records progress notes and documents functional improvement by clients
  • Uses electronic assessments and templates in the EVRR system to identify and document clients’ challenges and training plans
  • Teaches concept development, spatial and sensory awareness, pre-cane skills, cane techniques, and travel skills. 
  • Encourages and provides support in assertiveness/advocacy skills to individuals as it relates to orientation and mobility.
  • Provides tactile maps, information and lessons in the use of electronic aids, as required.
  • Teaches sighted guide to family members, caregivers and others
  • Acts as a resource person for information regarding guide dog schools. Provides skill development to prepare individuals to work with a guide dog. Works with guide dog schools as required.
  • Acts as a resource in matters related to universal design and the built environment.
  • Adheres to established best practice standards, service rules and procedures.

General Responsibilities Independent Living Skills:

  • 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 CNIB 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.
  • Adheres to established best practice standards, service rules and procedures

Relationships

  • Liaises and builds relationships with community based rehabilitation teams, agencies, schools, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families re: adjustment to vision loss.
  • Contributes as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • 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

  • Utilizing established business rules, service standards and practices, ensures policy and procedures are followed in a timely fashion.
  • Provide timely delivery of lessons to ensure individuals with vision loss acquire skills to retain/regain independence.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.

Decision Autonomy

  • Utilizes Agency based curriculum, standard procedures and processes to work with individuals on developing an individual program to accommodate their unique needs.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires referral to another CNIB service or external services.

Leadership

  • Takes initiative to be knowledgeable in the areas of expertise
  • Takes initiative to be knowledgeable of guide dog schools and their programs
  • 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.
  • Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
  • Trains and coaches volunteers as required.
Qualifications

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss.
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
  • Well developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving ability.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.
  • Able to work confidentially in a technology intensive operating environment utilizing both standard office software and specialized client management technology.
  • Knowledge and experience working with access technology.

Experience and Education:

  • Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program (Mohawk College); Diploma in Specialized Studies, O&M and Vision Rehabilitation (University of Montreal), or other related/equivalent studies.
  • Good command of relevant computer applications. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Eligible for ACVREP certification.
Working conditions
  • Service will be provided in CNIB centres, individual homes and/or the community.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Travel throughout a large region of BC is required.
Application and contact information

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact:  Bobby.Weir@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 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.

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.