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Do you want to work for a health care organization that changes people's lives? One that not only cares deeply about clients, but also values that its employees are its greatest asset.
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada AB is the province’s leading provider of professional vision rehabilitation therapy. Our professionally certified VLR BC specialists continue to set global standards for expertise, training and professionalism in the field.
We offer competitive salaries and benefits, flexible schedules, and opportunities to grow.
For more information about Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, please visit visionlossrehab.ca or call 1-844-887-8572?.
Date: July 9, 2021
Job Title: Specialist, Orientation and Mobility
Term: Full Time
Location: Edmonton AB
The scope of the O&M position provides functional expertise for people who are blind and/or partially sighted often with complex health needs to maximize skills for
optimal independence. It is the responsibility of the specialist to individualize goal plans through a collaborative process to include assessment, implementation and evaluation of the client in relation to enhancing safety and mobility.
This position provides expertise within the provision of vision rehabilitation services, using the EVRR (Electronic Vision Rehabilitation Record) application within a matrix reporting structure. The Specialist will utilize a systematic approach based on evidence and professional reasoning to enable clients to identify O&M goals to attain maximum independence through individual lessons or group settings.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
· Provide support through consultation to individuals and their families regarding adjustment to vision loss.
· Maintain all case data, service tracking, key performance indicator benchmarking, reports and documentation consistent with VLRC Systems and Procedures.
· Evaluates clients’ progress as needed or at least annually to revise service plans according to VLRC policy and procedures.
· Provides interventions and supports to the client in the form of direct service, resources and information, collaboration with other programs and health care providers and transition planning.
· Keeps abreast of current materials, technology, standards of practice (ACVREP) related to providing service to individuals with vision loss by review of professional literature.
· Teaches mobility skills for indoor and outdoor orientation, sighted guide to caregivers and others & accessible technology devices.
· Teaches concept development, spatial and sensory awareness, pre-cane techniques, mobility aids and provides environmental assessments.
· Acts as a key resource in matters related to accessible design and the built environment.
· Acts as a resource person for information regarding guide dogs and liaises with the guide dog schools. Provides skill development to prepare individuals to work with a guide dog.
· Interacts with clients, their family, caregivers and professional affiliates to identify and develop vision related goals including intervention and therapy programs.
· Liaises and builds relationships with community-based rehabilitation teams, hospitals, and other key VLRC stakeholders.
· Attends and participates in team meetings.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact
· Provide timely delivery of services to ensure people living with vision loss acquire skills and assistive technology to maintain/regain independence.
· Utilizes problem solving abilities related to implementation and development of intervention and therapy programs for individuals with vision loss.
· Adapt programs, materials and equipment to address the needs of clients with complex health conditions.
· Sensitivity and awareness of cultural, religious, mental health needs and/or emotional support.
· Decision making competency based on training and experience working with individuals who are blind or partially sighted to develop a client centered service plan tailored to unique individual needs.
· Within multidisciplinary team dynamics, utilizes good judgment when referring to another VLRC service or external community supports.
· Knowledgeable and decisive about methods, scheduling, type of assessment and treatment with follow up recommendations.
· Share specialized knowledge, sources, experiences, concepts, and skills with team at VLRC and externally with the health care community.
· Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss and how to promote increased confidence and independence.
· Provides leadership and guidance when training and supervising volunteers, students, caregivers, community and staff.
· Takes initiative to develop/implement the most appropriate intervention for client and in maintaining current knowledge associated with vision loss.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
· Prior experience working with individuals who are blind or partially sighted is an asset.
· Well-developed interpersonal, communications and diplomacy skills.
· Demonstrated strong decision-making and problem-solving ability.
· Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
· Demonstrated maturity and sensitivity when dealing with the needs of persons who are blind or partially sighted.
· Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.
Experience and Education
· Graduate of the instructor for the Blind and Visually Impaired Program, Orientation & Mobility Specialist or equivalent training.
· Good command of relevant computer applications.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Strong organizational and time management skills.
Certifications or Designations (minimum required)
· ACVREP Certified, or eligible for ACVREP certification.
· Service to be provided in Northern Alberta
· Travel within the region will be required.
· Service provided in VLRC centres, home, hospital, or clinical settings.
· Flexible hours and days based on client need.
· Knowledgeable about disabilities in general in all life stages including children to seniors.
· Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team environment.
If this sounds like the role for you, apply now to: Rachel.Kobelt@vlrehab.ca. Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, and mention how you heard about this opportunity
Our diversity is our strength – we take pride in our inclusive workplace and are committed to recruiting and selecting in a fair, transparent, and accessible way. VLRC welcomes applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) to join us in expanding our capacity for inclusion in the broadest sense. To this end, we strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, people who are blind or partially sighted, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. We enthusiastically invite applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience is a definite asset. VLRC is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities and will work with applicants requesting accommodations at any stage of the hiring 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.
Closing Date for Applications: August 6, 2021
Phone: 403-266-8831 Ext 6252