Foundation for Blind Children
12/05/2019Return to view all job openings
About Foundation for Blind Children:
Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is a high profile, nationally recognized non-profit agency recently featured on FOX’s “The O”Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Today” Show, and in Arizona Highways magazine, USA Today and the Arizona Republic. Established in 1952, FBC serves over 2,000 individuals who are blind and visually impaired of all ages, from birth to 100+ years old on three campuses in the Valley. Our preschool program for children who are blind and visually impaired is one of the largest Arizona and we are the leader in the blind community for new and innovative methods. The vision of the Foundation for Blind Children is a world where vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability.
The Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) /Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) instructs persons who are blind or have vision impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology that will enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives. Tasks include but are not limited to assessments and the instruction of rehabilitation skills including: communication, daily living skills and the use of low vision aids and appliances and assistive technology. This role supports the comprehensive disability related training and instructional services for the FBC’s Adult Comprehensive program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with peers, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
- Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
- Complete all necessary notes, reports, paperwork in a timely manner.
- Develop group and individual instructional objectives and lesson plans in the areas of time and schedule management, budgeting and money management, cooking, cleaning, health and wellness, and other skills that move students to independence and future employment.
- Teach independent living skills or techniques such as home and personal management—cooking, cleaning, banking, budgeting, home repairs and maintenance, communication.
- Adjust and modify lesson plans according to the assessment of students’ needs and abilities.
- Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
- Work with all other instructors/program staff to ensure continuity of services.
- Stay up to date on current instructional strategies and techniques.
- Two years of experience working with adults in the field of Vision Rehabilitation.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
- Experience with methods and strategies including use of non-visual techniques, visual enhancement devices and strategies and problem-based learning.
- Experience communicating effectively with clients/consumers, family members, peers and other professionals.
- Knowledge of the various types of emerging assistive technology.
- Familiar with mobility skills including: Basic orientation techniques, Human Guide techniques, Self-protective techniques, Systematic search patterns and room familiarization.
- Experience integrating new and existing technology into vision rehabilitation services.
- Experience using instructional strategies to transfer of independent living skills to the employment environment.
Bachelor’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or related field is required; Master’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or related field preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
- Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety, or ability to obtain a Clearance Card
- Microsoft Office Skills, Professionalism, Problem Solving, Verbal Communication
- Conscientious, Detailed, Diplomatic, Dedicated
- Organizational procedures, entering data, editing and proofreading a range of administrative documents
- Works in a kitchen and lab setting
- Works in a traditional climate controlled office environment
- Standing for extended periods of time
- Regular walking/standing
- Lift up to 20 lbs.
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