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1. Conduct initial child assessments and reassessments annually (or within 12 months of previous assessment). Review all available medical, educational and/or other relevant information. Write reports, review with families, and upload to electronic health record.
2. Determine child and family service needs. Make relevant referrals, and maintain appropriate communication within CSC and services with other agencies servicing the child and/or family. Assist in obtaining all registration paperwork from families at intake and subsequent updated releases of information throughout duration of EI services.
3. Write and implement Individualized Service Plans for child/family after initial assessment and update every 6 months with family OR for children on whose IFSPs you are on the grid of services with local county EI programs, ensure accuracy of our services/credentials and keep current/active copy in electronic health record. Participate with county partners in all aspects of IFSP development and services as appropriate.
4. Write all necessary client assessment reports, service plans, or other data/reports and correspondence within expected timelines set by Manager. Enter case notes per agency standard timeline. Maintain client files according to CYAS, agency and CARF guidelines. All documents should be uploaded into the electronic health record.
5. Develop and implement center-based class (if appropriate) and home lesson plans, strategies/interventions. Provide instruction and training to children and families within home, center (CSC) or community-based setting. Virtual services may also be offered if appropriate.
6. Serve as liaison to other programs and services and advocate for children and their families. Provide information on all center programs and services to families, as needed.
7. Participate in transition planning and attend the Transition Planning Conferences, (ETR and IEP meetings at request of parents, when possible) for children on your caseload to ensure smooth transitions to special education preschools or other programs of parents’ choosing.
8.Coordinate and collaborate with supervisor on needed support for children on your caseload and advise regarding any barriers to service provision.
9. Assist supervisor with identification of children to register for Federal Quota (FQ), help obtain eye reports to support the registration and FQ Permission Forms from parents/guardians (if needed) throughout the year.
10. Provide public education through written materials, virtually, and/or make public presentations when requested by supervisor. The successful employee will have a valid driver’s license in the State of Ohio with daily access to an insured vehicle.
11. Attend seminars, workshops or classes to maintain current certification or to acquire training and certification in methods of instruction of blind and visually impaired children, Early Intervention, Braille, O&M, and other relevant topics in the education of children with visual impairments.
12. EI staff with COMS/CVI/TVI credential(s) may be expected to assist colleagues and co-workers as needed or necessary.
13. According to program philosophy, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and CARF regulations, organize and maintain appropriate and sanitized instructional materials and supplies.
14. Provide general program support for all Children & Young Adult Services functions as requested by supervisor.
Required Skills and Experience
A. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education or Special Education and certification in Early Intervention (Developmental Specialist through DODD or ability to obtain). Or licensure as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS)
B. Experience: One-year teaching or equivalent in related fields.
C. Skills: Knowledge of principles of education of children with disabilities. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to formally assess needs, develop and implement strategies and interventions via Individualized Family Service Plans. Ability to work as a team member. Knowledge of visual impairments and community services. Ability to work with diverse parents/caregivers and children.
D. Physical: Must be able to perform frequent travel in the community using one’s own vehicle. Must be able to lift, push or pull up to 10 pounds.
Cert: Multiple Certifications
At Cleveland Sight Center, we value our employees and their commitment to our mission and offer competitive pay and benefits such as generous paid time off, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) with employer match, life insurance, a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, as well as a welcoming and compassionate work environment
WHO WE ARE
Our goal is to enable those who are blind or have low vision to achieve independence. We engage, educate, empower and employ; providing training and guidance to our clients and the communities we serve.
Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) has served the needs of Northeast Ohio residents who are blind or have low vision for over a century. CSC offers developmental, rehabilitation and vocational services to ensure success in today’s society.
WHY WE ARE HERE
Cleveland Sight Center’s mission is to empower people with vision loss to realize their full potential and to shape the community’s vision of that potential.
CSC understands the fears and anxieties associated with the loss of eyesight. We are committed to helping our clients achieve ambitions and goals that they may have thought were unrealistic because of vision loss. CSC is where you can be yourself and become part of an extended family whose members are coping every day with blindness and low vision.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Cleveland Sight Center is committed to values of diversity and inclusion in order to create a climate of respect that is supportive to everyone’s individual success. We strive to provide an environment favorable to all regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, nationality, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other factor or characteristic protected by law. We recognize that the responsibility for diversity and inclusion lies with all at the agency: leadership, administration, staff and volunteers.