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Rehabilitation Center

DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Reason position exists:

  • Provide assistance to ensure adult DeafBlind clients are able to participate as independently as possible in daily living activities within their home and communities.

Key Result Areas: 

The primary accountabilities for the position include:

  1. Assist clients in achieving independence and self-sufficiency
  • Drive to DeafBlind client’s home, drive and guide the person to stores, banks or other community sites as needed. Driving within the client’s home city area is required. May be occasionally asked to drive longer distances depending on client needs (mileage driven with the client is reimbursed to the SSP staff)
  • Assist the client in performing daily living activities such as shopping, reading mail, utilizing community services/resources or accessing the internet
  • Assist with accessing visual and/or auditory environmental information including describing surroundings, locating items and reading labels and signage
  • Assist DeafBlind client to read written communication and fill out forms as needed
  1. Reporting and Administration
  • Keep timely and accurate records of activities and write reports
  • Participate in required meetings
  • Regularly check work email (minimum twice a week) and response as needed to communications from supervisors and clients
  • Attend and complete all required training courses
  1. Positively contribute to DBSM’s mission, culture and values
  • Mission Statement: To assist clients of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Make decisions and act in the best interest of clients, students and DBSM
  • Offer hospitality to every visitor and to each other
  • Demonstrate DBSM values in every interaction

I will have performed my job well when I:

1. Provide timely, high quality work

  • Assist clients to maintain independence and self-sufficiency
  • Assist clients to engage in community-based activities
  • Complete administrative and reporting responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Respect boundaries, confidentiality, and ethics and follow agency and regulatory policies

2. Contribute to the team

  • Assist other employees and departments willingly
  • Share relevant information with coworkers
  • Follow all agency and regulatory policies and procedures

3. Contribute to the mission

  • To assist clients of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Contribute positively to DBSM’s culture and work environment
  • Demonstrate DBSM core values

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands may vary by client and may require the ability to regularly walk, stoop, bend, reach overhead
  • Must be able to lift up to 30-50 lbs. on an occasional basis
  • Push, lift and stow client’s wheelchair and/or walker
  • May require extensive tactile communication
  • Ability to drive clients into the community.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent math and reading skills of a high school graduate
  • ASL proficiency required in some positions
  • Valid driver’s license with required insurance coverage. A safe reliable vehicle and the ability to travel to and from client’s home and to transport client in the community

Attributes:

  • Strong commitment to the DBSM mission
  • Requires exceptional communication, creativity, patience, and flexibility
  • Practices safe work habits throughout all work activities
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse people and organizations

Vision Loss Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer for all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Apply online or via email to julie@vlrw.org.

Vision Loss Resources

For more than 100 years Vision Loss Resources (VLR) has provided services for those who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind.  Clients, caregivers, donors, business partners, volunteers and dedicated staff provide robust support for VLR programming through Community Services, Rehabilitation Services and DeafBlind Services of Minnesota. Contract Production Services is a social enterprise owned by VLR which contributes support to the mission to provide services, skills, and support for people with vision loss.

Purpose:

  • Provide support services that assist DeafBlind Youth in achieving their optimum level of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Provide in-home and / or community-based instruction

Key Result Areas: 

The primary accountabilities for the position include:

  1. Assist DeafBlind Youth in achieving independence and self-sufficiency
  • Responsible for conducting one on one intervention in the home and/or community to provide clear and consistent sensory information to youth age’s birth through 21 whom are both deaf and blind.
  • Facilitate language development and other identified needs: Provide clear and consistent communicated information to youth with dual sensory impairments.
  • Facilitate the development of both expressive and receptive communication
  • Conduct interventions to enable the youth’s participation alone and with peers/adults in activities and routines of the home and/or community, which may include learning through the use of natural routines and activities such as eating, bathing, playing, toileting etc.
  • Works cooperatively with parents; discusses and models intervention and communication techniques to enable better and more frequent parent and child interactions.
  • Accompany, support and supervise students during community based instruction.
  • Facilitate interaction with other youth and community members.
  • Serve on a youth’s education team if requested.
  1. Reporting and Administration
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals to integrate and document recommendations of the IEP/IFSP team.
  • Participate in the preparation of individual plans; data and prepare progress reports as required
  • Participate in required meetings
  • Attend and complete required training courses
  1. Positively contribute to DBSM’s mission, culture and values
  • To assist deafblind individuals of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Make decisions in the best interest of clients, students and DBSM
  • Offer hospitality to every visitor and to each other
  • Ensure self and staff demonstrate DBSM values in every interaction

I will have performed my job well when I:

1. Provide timely, high-quality work

  • Help my students improve their communication abilities
  • Help students gain independence
  • Help students engage in community-based activities
  • Develop and maintain positive, professional working relationships with families
  • Complete administrative and reporting responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Respect boundaries and follow agency and regulatory policies

2. Contribute to the team

  • Assist other employees and departments willingly
  • Share relevant information with coworkers
  • Follow all agency and regulatory policies and procedures

3. Contribute to the mission

  • To assist DeafBlind individuals of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Contribute positively to DBSM’s culture and work environment
  • Demonstrate DBSM core values

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands may vary by client, and may require the ability to regularly walk, stoop, bend, reach overhead
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent math and reading skills of a high school graduate
  • Prior experience working with children with multiple special needs
  • ASL fluency required in some positions, Intervener certification desirable
  • Valid driver’s license with required insurance coverage. Ability to travel to and from youth’s home, and to transport youth in the community.

Attributes:

  • Strong commitment to the DBSM mission
  • Requires exceptional communication, creativity, patience, and the ability to adapt teaching methods to the individual student
  • Practices safe work habits throughout all work activities
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse people and organizations

Vision Loss Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer for all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Apply online or via email to julie@vlrw.org.

Vision Loss Resources

For more than 100 years Vision Loss Resources (VLR) has provided services for those who are visually impaired, blind or DeafBlind.  Clients, caregivers, donors, business partners, volunteers and dedicated staff provide robust support for VLR programming through Community Services, Rehabilitation Services and DeafBlind Services of Minnesota. Contract Production Services is a social enterprise owned by VLR which contributes support to the mission to provide services, skills and support for people with vision loss.

Reason position exists:

  • An intervener provides direct support to a person with DeafBlindness, in their home and/or the community to: enhance communication skills, improve conceptual understanding, improve self-esteem and support social and emotional wellbeing, and to develop experiential knowledge of their environment and community in order to achieve their optimum level of independence and self-sufficiency.

Key Result Areas: 

The primary accountabilities for the position include:

  1. Assist DeafBlind adult in achieving independence and self-sufficiency
  • Responsible for conducting one to one DeafBlind Intervention in the home and/or community to provide clear and consistent sensory information
  • Facilitate access to environmental information and the development and/or use of receptive and expressive communication skills
  • Develops and maintains a trusting, interactive relationship that can promote social and emotional well-being for the client
  • Organize and create client activities and routines in the home and/or community, which may include learning through the use of natural routines and activities such as eating, going into the community for shopping, movies, community festivals or parks, etc.
  • Works cooperatively with parents, legal guardians or others as needed; discusses and models intervention and communication techniques to parents to support integration of the client into the family/community
  • Accompany, support, and supervise client during community-based instruction
  • Facilitate interaction with peers and community members.
  • Creates learning materials as needed
  1. Reporting and Administration
  • Promptly complete daily reports, progress reports and other documents as directed by supervisor
  • Regularly check DBSM work email (minimum twice a week) and respond in a timely manner to emails from supervisors or clients
  • Provide input in the preparation of individual plans as requested by supervisor
  • Participate in staff and client meetings as directed by supervisor
  • Attend and complete all required training as directed by supervisor
  1. Positively contribute to DBSM’s mission, culture and values
  • To assist deafblind individuals of all ages and all abilities to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Make decisions and act in the best interest of clients and DBSM
  • Offer hospitality to every visitor and to each other
  • Ensure self and staff demonstrate DBSM values in every interaction

I will have performed my job well when I:

1. Provide timely, high quality work

  • Assist my clients to improve their communication abilities and conceptual understanding and to improve their independence and quality of life
  • Assist my clients to engage in community-based activities
  • Develop and maintain positive, professional working relationships with clients and families/teams
  • Complete administrative and reporting responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Respect boundaries and follow agency and regulatory policies, rules and laws

2. Contribute to the team

  • Assist other employees and departments willingly
  • Share relevant information with coworkers

3. Contribute to the mission

  • To assist clients to achieve their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Contribute positively to DBSM’s culture and work environment
  • Demonstrate DBSM core values

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands will vary by client, and may require the ability to regularly walk, stoop, bend, reach overhead, lift and sit on the ground with a client
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis
  • May include pushing, lifting and stowing in car some clients’ wheelchairs
  • Ability to drive to and from client’s home and to transport client in the community (mileage driven with clients is reimbursable)

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent math and reading skills of a high school graduate
  • Completion of a DeafBlind Intervener Training course desired but not required
  • Previous experience working with DeafBlind children or adults, or people with special needs, or working in special education are helpful but not required
  • ASL proficiency may be required to work with some clients
  • Valid driver’s license with required insurance coverage, and a safe reliable vehicle and ability to drive clients.

 Attributes:

  • Strong commitment to the DBSM mission
  • Demonstrates dependability, consistency and a strong work ethic
  • Feels comfortable working in close proximity to a client to provide information through touch to those that need tactile information
  • Requires exceptional communication skills, creativity, patience, and the ability to adapt teaching methods and Intervention strategies to the individual client
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse people and organizations
  • Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Practices safe work habits throughout all work activities

Vision Loss Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer for all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Apply online or via email to julie@vlrw.org.