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Vision Loss Resources

For more than 100 years Vision Loss Resources (VLR) has created a community of service, skills and support for people living with vision loss and deaf blindness. By learning new skills and connecting others going through similar experiences, our clients adapt, connect and thrive, opening doors to new opportunities rather than seeing their world narrow.

Position Purpose

This position supports Rehabilitation Services departments.  Clients are mostly older adults managing vision loss in varying degrees.  Rehabilitation Services clients are predominately working age, 18 years old through retirement. Vision rehabilitation support is provided in the classroom setting at VLR offices or in the home.  The Rehabilitation Instructor will instruct clients on uses current methods to teach braille that will allow for them to be safe, productive and independent.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary accountabilities for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, evaluate and/or modify teaching approaches to accommodate different abilities and learning styles, both for individual and small group training for braille.
  • Be knowledgeable of methods of evaluating and ability to measure student’s progress and knowledge in orientation and mobility.
  • Plan instruction and deliver rehabilitation that is aligned with VLR curriculum, using various motivation techniques to support clients in reaching individual goals and engage in collaborative teaching as needed.
  • Review and improve VLR training and rehabilitation protocol and curriculum to stay current with best practices.
  • Organize instructional area/facilities and equipment, determine needed equipment and supplies and adapt and maintain equipment and resources to meet client requirements. Ensure equipment is properly used to maximize the client’s ability to accomplish educational/training goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, their family members and caregivers to deliver optimal rehabilitation support.
  • Evaluate client progress and learning difficulties against goals and communicate this information to members of the client’s inter-disciplinary team. Jointly plan alternative strategies and processes to assist in client goal attainment.
  • Complete documentation and monthly status reports.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in, Vision Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Social Work, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or related field.
  • Experience working with persons with visual impairments preferred.
  • Experience teaching Braille.
  • Experience with adaptive technology including screen readers magnification software.
  • Commitment to the VLR mission to provide services, skills and support for people with vision loss.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural setting including hard-of-hearing, deaf, visually impaired, blind or deafblind individuals.  May also work with clients who are recent immigrants from other countries.
  • Ability to travel and manage travel arrangements independently in the metro area essential
  • Competency with Microsoft ® Office Suite and using a database (database training provided).
  • Ability to work both independently and within teams supporting team cohesion and goals.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication and project management skills.
  • Ability to make recommendations with supporting rationale.
  • Initiative and demonstrated pursuit of continuous improvement.
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality.

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.

To apply: Please complete the online application or email hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Direct Service Provider (SSP) and Independent Living Skills Instructor (Full-Time)

The Direct Service Provider (SSP) and Independent Living Skills Instructor will provide instruction and/or supports to clients to maximize independent living skills and knowledge, and their independence and self-sufficiency in their home and community. Clients may be blind-hearing, deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and may have additional disabilities, mental or physical conditions.

Responsibilities

  • Provide instruction on independent living skills to clients
  • Assist clients in achieving independence and self-sufficiency
  • Provide reporting and Administration to support the position

 

To apply: Please complete the online application or email hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

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 and immediate surrounding areas 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

 

  1. Contribute to the team
  • Assist other employees and departments willingly
  • Share relevant information with coworkers
  • Follow all agency and regulatory policies and procedures

 

  1. 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

 

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

Support Service Provider – DeafBlind Services Minnesota

 

To apply: Please complete the online application or email hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

 

Independent Living Skills/Supports, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Do you have experience teaching independent living skills (ILS) or teaching other skills to people with various disabilities? Our Independent Living Skills staff work with deafblind, blind-hearing and deaf adults with unique needs and communication styles. ILS staff teach and support our clients to become more independent with activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, banking, filling out forms, scheduling appointments, etc.

Important skills and qualities

  • Knowledge of sign language and deafblind modes of communication preferred, however, we also provide services to blind/visually impaired-hearing clients and other non-signers
  • Knowledge of deafness, blindness and deafblindness (although training as needed would be provided)
  • Knowledge of and experience with persons having mental health challenges a plus
  • Friendliness, compassion, service orientation, excellent work ethic, dependability, and the ability to set boundaries
  • Experience teaching and supporting adults with a variety of abilities, challenges and needs
  • Dependable car with insurance and good driving record

Read the full job description here.

To apply: Please complete the online application or email hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Intervener (for Children, Part-Time), DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Are you interested in working with children and/or youths who have combined hearing and vision loss? Would you like to help deafblind youths develop their communication skills and find creative ways to access their community? Are you seeking full-time or part-time work at $15+ an hour with a flexible schedule and paid training opportunities? Become an intervener!

An intervener works one-to-one with deafblind children/youth in their homes and community assists them to become as independent as possible. Interveners facilitate communication and language development, develop fun and educational activities with the support of a supervisor, work collaboratively with parents and professionals, and prepare progress reports. Being an intervener is a fun and rewarding experience!

Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to travel to child’s home and community. If driving motor vehicle to accomplish this requirement, must have a driver’s license and provide own vehicle covered by insurance
  • Preference for individuals with experience working with children with special needs
  • Classes completed in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Childcare and classes with emphasis in communication techniques highly desirable
  • American Sign Language proficiency preferred

To apply: Please complete the online application or email hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Intervener (for Adults), DeafBlind Services Minnesota

An Adult Intervener provides direct support to an adult person with deafblindness, this is done in the clients home and/or the community to enhance communication skills, improve conceptual understanding, improve self-esteem and support social and emotional well-being, 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

2. Reporting and Administration

  • Promptly complete daily reports, progress reports and other documents as directed by supervisor
  • Regularly check DeafBlind Services Minnesota 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

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 DeafBlind Services Minnesota 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

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to hr@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

Diversity Statement

Vision Loss Resources defines diversity as differences that influence and affect our services, our workplace culture, and the communities and clients we serve relating to ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation. We commit to being inclusive, to respecting each other, and to honoring each other’s rights.

We are committed to the following:

  • Welcoming all individuals in our programs and facilities
  • Developing programs that respond to the needs of our clients, participants, and communities
  • Using hiring and employment practices that are free from bias or discrimination
  • Hiring and maintaining a diverse group of employees and volunteers
  • Maintaining a safe environment that is free from acts of discrimination or harassment against any individual

We value community, service, respect, and innovation; they guide our behavior, our interactions with each other, our programs and our decision making.