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Wisconsin Council of the Blind & VI

12/16/2021

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The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired (WCBVI) is seeking a qualified individual for a vision rehabilitation therapist position. The Council strives to foster a culture of inclusivity, innovation and collaboration. The vision rehabilitation therapist position is full time (37.5 hours/week) and is based in the Council’s offices at 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703.

The mission of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people of Wisconsin who live with vision loss through advocacy, education, and vision services. Inclusivity, integrity and uncompromising respect are the values that guide our work with the community and interactions among staff, board, donors and volunteers.

Position Summary

The vision rehabilitation therapist is a certified professional, providing primarily in-home services to adults with vision loss. The vision rehabilitation therapist reports directly to the Education and Vision Services Director and is an integral member of the vision services team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assess client’s needs/goals in home and community environments.
  • With the client, establish service goals.
  • Provide individualized vision rehabilitation services that address visual, physical, cognitive and psychosocial abilities related to adaptive independent living skills.
  • Teach independent living skills in areas of personal management, household management, communication, leisure activities, orientation and movement in an indoor environment, and use of low vision and adaptive devices and technology.
  • Write and organize case notes for clients and use database for data collection.
  • Identify and collaborate with local, regional and national providers/agencies to address client needs.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to community groups.
  • Participate in activities and events sponsored by the Council.
  • Develop and maintain a strong and positive collaborative working relationship with other Council staff to provide seamless and comprehensive services to clients.
  • Attend regional and/or national conferences as appropriate to build knowledge base and maintain ACVREP certification.

Skills and Attributes

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skills with:
    • adaptive equipment such as large print and talking products; adaptive communication devices; tools for meal preparation, medication, home and financial management, and recreation and leisure options
    • low vision tools, including magnifiers, video magnifiers, and lighting
    • accessibility options on Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android and Kindle operating systems
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skills with:
    • adult literacy and learning styles
    • visual techniques, non-visual techniques, and problem solving
    • locating resources
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication abilities.
  • Ability to without bias guide individuals to make informed decisions and select options based on abilities and goals.
  • Understanding of common causes and outcomes of blindness and low vision in adults.
  • Respect for diversity based on income, race, ethnic group, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.

Education Requirements

Masters in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy or a closely related field.

Certified in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy or able to chart a reasonable path to achieve certification within 2 years of hire through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Occasional evening and weekend hours can be expected. Must pass a criminal background check.

This position requires routine travel to clients’ homes, work sites and other community locations. Compensation for use of a personal automobile or driver is provided.

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer. The office is located near bus lines and a bike path. People with disabilities, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. WCBVI offers an attractive benefit package. Annual starting salary is $60,000 to $64,000, depending on experience.

To Apply

Submit cover letter highlighting pertinent experience and training along with a resume and responses to the screening questions below. We will accept applications until the position is filled, with first consideration given to those received by Sunday, January 9, 2022. Please email materials in MS Word format to Hiring@WCBlind.org. Preferred start date is February 2022.

Written Screening Questions

In a separate document, please respond to the following three questions in complete sentences, with proper grammar and punctuation. Each response should be approximately 200 to 300 words.

1. The Council’s core values are inclusivity, uncompromising respect, and integrity. Choose one of these values. Describe what it means to you. Share a situation in which this value guided your actions.

2. Choose a rehab skill that you regularly teach a client. Describe your “typical” approach and how you would change your approach to meet the learner’s needs if they are having difficulty with the task.

3. The Council uses a “client-centered” approach in our work. Describe what this means to you and provide examples of how you work with clients to keep the client’s needs at the center.

This job description can be downloaded as a Word document.

E_mail: Hiring@WCBlind.org

Phone: 608-237-8107

Cert: CVRT