Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada
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 setting through a collaborative process to include assessment, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of the client. The focus is to enable client engagement in healthy living to ensure an inclusive society so that all people may participate to their full potential in their daily life.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
The position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:
Provides support through consultation to individuals and their families regarding adjustment to vision loss.
Conducts assessments and documents the O&M; needs and personal goals of individuals with vision loss.
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 resource person for information regarding guide dogs and liaises with the guide dog schools.
Acts as a key resource in matters related to accessible design and the built environment.
Maintain all case data, service tracking, key performance indicator benchmarking, reports and documentation consistent with VLRC Systems and Procedures.
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.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Prior experience working with individuals who are blind or partially 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
Demonstrated client centered approach and commitment.
Experience and Education
Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program or Diploma/Masters in Specialized Studies, O&M; and Vision Rehabilitation or prior experience in Occupational Therapy.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent training.
ACVREP Certified, or eligible for ACVREP certification.
Good command of relevant computer applications.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Willingness to work flexible hours.
Service to be provided on Victoria Island.
Travel within the region will be required.
Service provided in VLRC centers, 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: [email protected]
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: Until position is filled.
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
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