Wayfinder Family Services
04/01/2022Return to view all job openings
Early Intervention Visual Impairment Specialist Responsibilities
The primary purpose of your position is to provide specialized services to families of young children with vision impairments, birth through five years of age. The Visual Impairment Specialist (VIS) provides home instruction, lesson plans, and resource information and referral, advocates on behalf of the client family, and partners with parents and caregivers to empower them as advocates for their child. This position reports to the Regional Coordinator and the Program Director of Blind Babies Foundation.
- Provides home visits to families, supporting parent/child interactions through developmentally appropriate play activities.
- Works with families to develop curriculum appropriate for a child with vision impairment.
- Provides family with information about visual diagnosis and effects of vision loss on early childhood development.
- Conducts developmental and functional vision assessments using observation, parent interview and formal assessment strategies.
- Provides social/emotional and crisis support to families as appropriate.
- Plans and implements family events, providing information and parent to parent support.
- Refers families to community resources.
- Actively collaborates with community-based providers of related services to overcome family barriers, such as language, culture and income.
- Consults with professional community on behalf of children and families (attend medical visits; IFSP, IEP sessions; program visits, etc.).
- Provides workshops and trainings for parents and professionals.
- Follows agency guidelines for participation in the National Registry of Early Childhood Vision Impairment Project.
- Provides monthly accounting of client contract hours.
- Provides information regarding program services to Development Department on request.
Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
- B.A.,B.S. degree required or M.A. degree in Special Education, Social Work, Child Development, Orientation and Mobility, Infant or Early Childhood, or Social Work.
- Teaching credential in Vision Impairment, Orientation & Mobility, Early Childhood Special Education, and/or a Certificate in Early Childhood Education preferred.
- Professional preparation in the education of children with vision impairments, orientation and mobility, infant or early childhood development, and/or social work.
- Experience as a home teacher.
- Experience working in multi-cultural situations preferred.
- Experience/training in Active Learning techniques of Lilli Nielsen preferred.
- Child and Family Counseling background.
- Bilingual (Spanish) required.