Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada
10/18/2022Return to view all job openings
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 is a unique health services organization that serves people who are blind or partially sighted across the country. Our certified specialists provide training that empowers clients to develop or to restore activities of daily living skills, to promote their independence, to enhance safety and mobility. We work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, by providing essential care on a referral basis in homes, workplaces and communities across the country.
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.
Position Title: Specialist, Low Vision
Location: Peterborough, ON
Reports To: Manager, Operations & Clinical Strategic Initiatives
Date: October 18, 2022
I. Scope and Summary of Primary Responsibilities
Performs Functional Assessments, which include education regarding vision related topics; training in the use of low vision devices; and instruction on how to maximize residual vision. This position works with individuals in all age categories.
II. Essential Functions
This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:
- Conducts functional low vision assessments.
- Teaches individuals with partial sight how to maximize residual vision.
- Recommends and trains in the use of optical and non-optical aids.
- Educates individuals about their eye condition and vision health.
- Refers individuals to other internal and external services.
- Handles public inquiries regarding vision health and low vision services.
- Conducts research on new optical aids, adaptive equipment, and new findings in the eye care field. Attends professional development training and conferences as required.
- Delivers public speaking seminars and workshops on low vision services and related topics to community agencies/groups and health care professionals.
- Interprets medical information.
- Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to, data input, documentation of assessments/client contact, and applicable subsidy program(s) as appropriate.
- Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families regarding adjustment to vision loss and makes referrals as needed.
- Promotes an understanding and awareness of low vision and related issues through consultation, public education and in-service training.
- Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
- Liaises and builds relationships with funding agencies, vendors, educational institutions and other third party organizations on behalf of clients.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact
- Provides timely delivery of assessments to individuals to help them determine what training and devices will be best suited for their needs.
- Demonstrates the ability to creatively and quickly resolve problems to respond to unique individual needs.
- Supports individuals in their use of low vision devices and in resolving related problems and recommending solutions to those problems.
- Utilizes standard procedures and processes to work with individuals to determine appropriate assistive technology.
- Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires referral to another VLRC service or external service.
- Operates with flexibility and personal discretion so as to accommodate each person’s specific needs.
- Utilizes curriculum, standard procedures, and processes to work with individuals on developing an individual program to accommodate their unique needs.
- Takes initiative to keep abreast of low vision trends and takes initiative in professional development activities to keep current in all aspects of devices.
- Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
- Facilitates and enhances team efforts on a professional level and shares specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
- Demonstrated knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology, and low vision rehabilitation including optical and non-optical aids, visual skills and adaptive technology, blindness, and deaf-blindness and the psychosocial aspects of vision loss.
- Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
- Demonstrated decision making and professional judgement.
- Mature and professional attitude
- Self-directed, organized, and excellent attention to detail.
- Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.
Experience and Education
- Bachelor degree with a major in health care or vision i.e. public health or community nursing. ACVREP Certified Low Vision Therapists, COC, AOC, or equivalent Certified Orthoptists, and JCAHPO certified allied health personnel in ophthalmology.
- Eligible for ACVREP certification.
- High level of competency in relevant computer applications.
- Excellent verbal, written and math skills.
- French is considered an asset.
- Service will be provided in centers, individual homes, virtually and/or the community.
- Willingness to work flexible hours.
416-486-2500 ext. 7440
If this sounds like the role for you, apply now to firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include a resume, cover letter, and mention how you heard about this opportunity.
VLRC is committed to creating and fostering an inclusive culture and welcomes applications from diverse candidates, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, women, candidates with disabilities, and candidates of colour. We strongly encourage applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience would be a definite asset. We're excited to review your application
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: November 18, 2022