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, Independent Living Skills
Location: London and Windsor, ON
Term: Permanent, Full-Time
Reports To: Regional Manager, Services and Operations
Date: May 30, 2023
I. Scope and Summary of Primary Responsibilities
In covering a broad range of duties and responsibilities include providing instruction and guidance in compensatory activities of daily living (ADLs), and assistive technology, enabling individuals living with vision loss to independently carry out daily activities. This position provides functional expertise for the comprehensive multi-faceted service and operations program.
II. Essential Functions
This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:
Assesses the ADLs and abilities of individuals.
- With the individual, identifies and prioritizes goals, and develops an service plan.
- Teaches adaptive skills for activities of daily living in areas of personal management, household management, communication, leisure activities, basic indoor orientation & mobility skills, and basic technology training.
- Assists individuals in the acquisition and use of assistive devices.
Promotes self-advocacy skills for individuals living with vision loss to access community programs and resources (i.e. leisure programs, acquisition of adaptive equipment, etc.).
Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada Systems and Procedures.
- Provides consultation, public education, and in-service training.
Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.
Maintaining, facilitating, and conducting group sessions and presentations.
Liaises and builds relationships with community-based rehabilitation teams, agencies, schools, partners, health practitioners and stakeholders.
Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families readjustment 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 mentoring of students.
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact
Provide timely delivery of services to ensure people living with vision loss acquire skills and assistive technology to remain/regain independence.
Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.
Utilizes standard procedures and processes to implement each individual’s unique service plan.
- Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires a referral to another VLRC service or external services.
Takes initiative to keep abreast of knowledge in the expertise of vision rehabilitation/independent living skills.
Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
Provides leadership in training and coaching of students and staff.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss an asset.
Knowledge and experience working with adaptive technology.
Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.
Mature and professional attitude.
Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors).
- Well developed interpersonal and communications skills.
Decision-making and problem-solving ability
Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
Ability to travel within the province to deliver community-based services.
Experience and Education
- Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation
- Three (3) years of experience in the field of Vision Rehabilitation preferred.
Computer Skills (Microsoft Office)
Eligible for ACVREP certification.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience running and facilitating groups an asset.
Service will be provided in centers, individual homes, virtually and/or the community.
Willingness to work flexible hours
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: June 30, 2023