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Rehabilitation Instructor – Techniques of Daily Living / Cooking

This position supports Community Services and Rehabilitation Services departments. Community Services 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/kitchen setting at VLR offices or in the home. The Rehabilitation Instructor will instruct clients on tasks of daily living and cooking techniques 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.
  • Be knowledgeable of methods of evaluating and ability to measure student’s progress and knowledge.
  • 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 with methods and strategies including use of non-visual techniques and visual enhancement devices.
  • Commitment to the VLR mission to provide service, 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.

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to info@visionlossresources.org.

Rehabilitation Instructor – Technology

This position supports Community Services and Rehabilitation Services departments. Community Services 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 assistive technology 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.
  • Be knowledgeable of methods of evaluating and ability to measure student’s progress and knowledge.
  • 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 with adaptive technology including screen readers magnification software.
  • Commitment to the VLR mission to provide service, 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 is 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.

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to info@visionlossresources.org.

 

Support Service Provider, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Are you interested in supporting self-determined deafblind adults, age 22 and up, living throughout Minnesota? Our Support Service Providers (SSPs) work with deafblind adults with unique needs and communication styles. SSPs assist them with activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, banking, running errands, reading mail and filling out forms. They also assist the deafblind with accessing their community life and information in their environment.

Important skills and qualities

  • Knowledge of sign language and different modes of communication
  • Knowledge of deafness, blindness and deafblindness
  • Friendliness, compassion, service orientation, excellent work ethic, and the ability to set boundaries
  • Experience working with adults with special needs
  • American Sign Language proficiency a plus

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to info@visionlossresources.org.

 

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

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to info@visionlossresources.org.

 

Intervener (Full-Time and 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 download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to info@visionlossresources.org.

 

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.

Every morning, I think: ‘I get to go to work.’ Our clients are the best. I watch them change their lives. It’s like I have a front-row seat for their journey from despair to hope.

Susan Anderson, Associate Director of Programs