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Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada

10/19/2022

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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 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, Orientation & Mobility   

Location:          Brampton, ON

Reports To:       Manager, VLRC, Ontario               

Salary:              $24.73/ hour

Date:                October 19, 2022

I. Scope and Summary of Primary Responsibilities

This position covers a broad range of duties and responsibilities including instructing individuals with vision loss on orientation and mobility travel skills and techniques.

II. Essential Functions

This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:

  • Conducts assessments and documents the O&M needs and personal goals of individuals with vision loss.
  • With the individual, identifies and prioritizes goals and develops an orientation & mobility service plan.
  • Teaches concept development, spatial and sensory awareness, pre-cane skills, cane techniques, and travel skills.
  • Encourages and provides support in assertiveness/advocacy skills to individuals as it relates to orientation and mobility.
  • Provides information and lessons in the use of electronic travel aids.
  • Provides tactile maps as required.
  • Teaches sighted guide to family members and others.
  • Acts as a resource person for information regarding guide dog schools. Provide skill development to prepare individuals to work with a guide dog. Works with guide dog schools as required.
  • Acts as a resource in matters related to accessible design and the built environment.
  • Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with VLRC Systems and Procedures.
  • Performs administrative duties including but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Relationships

  • Liaises and builds relationships with community-based rehabilitation teams, agencies, schools, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families re: adjustment to vision loss.
  • Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Promotes an understanding and awareness of vision health related issues through consultation, public education and in-service training.
  • Assists with the training, placement and supervision of volunteers and students.

Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact

  • Provide timely delivery of orientation & mobility lessons to ensure individuals with vision loss acquire travel skills to remain/regain independence.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.

Decision Autonomy

  • Utilizes standard procedures and processes to work with individuals on developing an individual program to accommodate their unique needs.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires referral to another VLRC service or external services.

Leadership

  • Takes initiative to keep abreast of new electronic travel aids and other advances/technologies and techniques in Orientation and mobility.
  • Takes initiative to be knowledgeable of guide dog schools and their programs.
  • Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
  • Provides leadership in training and coaching to students and staff.
  • Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.

III. Qualifications

 Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss.
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors).
  • Well developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving ability.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.

Experience and Education

  • Minimum requirement of a bachelor's degree in Orientation and Mobility
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Eligible for ACVREP certification.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Work Environment

  • Service will be provided in VLRC centers, virtually, individual homes and/or the community.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Travel will be required.

E_mail: janice.rego@vlrehab.ca

Phone: 416-486-2500 ext. 7440

Cert: Any Certification

Apply Now!

If this sounds like the role for you, apply now to janice.rego@vlrehab.ca

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