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Job Title: Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Reports To: Vice President of Programs Department: Rehabilitation
FLSA Status: Exempt Location: Ft. Lauderdale
Summary: Instructs clients in core areas of rehabilitation teaching for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Clients may or may not have additional handicapping conditions. Clients may be age 14 or older.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provide instruction to individuals in the core areas: Communication Systems (Braille, handwriting, recording skills, use of electronic reading systems, use of assistive technology and computer access technology, etc), Personal Management (grooming, hygiene, clothing organization, socialization skills, etc.), Home Management (organization and labeling, repair and home maintenance, budgeting and record keeping, etc.) Activities of Daily Living (cooking, cleaning, shopping, safety, money organization and management, etc.), Leisure and Recreation (hobbies, woodworking, crafts, sports, etc.), Medical Management (assessment and instruction and training of adaptive medical equipment), and Basic Indoor Orientation and Mobility Skills (sighted guide, safety techniques, etc.), basic psycho-social adjustment-to-blindness principles.
Provide comprehensive assessment in all areas of the core skills.
Assist in the development and implementation of an individualized instructional plan for each client.
Develop and maintain lesson plans for instructional purposes;
Provide training in the classroom, home or other community location as appropriate;
Maintain appropriate records, gather essential data, and other information to prepare periodic reports reflecting progress, evaluation, problems, plans and specific recommendations;
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in the area of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), Occupational Therapy (OT) or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, from an accrediting body at the time the degree or program of study was granted or completed, is preferred.
Certificates and Licenses:
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapy ACVREP certification within one year of hire is preferred or COTA/ OT certification with five or more years experience.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of basic Microsoft Word and Excel and email/Internet software.
This job may supervise Assistive Technology Instructors as required in some contracts.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance. Interpersonal - Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things. Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions. Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information. Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethically. Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time. Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Initiative - Asks for and offers help when needed. Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
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