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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

FUNCTIONAL VISION SPECIALIST

~~Seeking a vision rehabilitation professional to provide specialized services:
To engage in a comprehensive approach to vision rehabilitation addressing visual, physical, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects related to training and integration of existing and emerging technologies. Methods and strategies include the use of visual techniques, non-visual techniques (auditory and tactual), strategies and problem-solving skills using various Assistive Technology ("AT") devices and solutions.
Duties:

~~Seeking a vision rehabilitation professional to provide specialized services:
To engage in a comprehensive approach to vision rehabilitation addressing visual, physical, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects related to training and integration of existing and emerging technologies. Methods and strategies include the use of visual techniques, non-visual techniques (auditory and tactual), strategies and problem-solving skills using various Assistive Technology ("AT") devices and solutions.
Duties:
Providing evaluation, assessment, identification, installation and teaching services to blind and low vision individuals for achieving or improving independence and skills in the areas of daily living, health maintenance, personal, medical and household management, cooking, reading, cleaning, travelling, communication, employment, homemaking and social interests.
Conducting assessments, reviewing referrals, making plan recommendations, identifying equipment, techniques or devices.  Participate as a team member with collateral rehabilitation counselors and case workers providing independent living services.
Evaluating and teaching adaptive skills and techniques to increase independence in daily living. Such skills include cooking, cleaning, marking, mental mapping, color identification, etc.
Teaching Braille and use of other communication modalities and assistive technology devices, computers, computer and tablet programs, keyboarding, screen reader and voice over programs, magnification devices and programs as well as current “iOS” and Android apps.  Teach and provide direct services to dual sensory impaired (deaf/blind) individuals.
Complete timely and thorough reports as required for case documentation and referrals, utilize MS Office and internal Case Management Systems.
Statewide travel is required.
 

Qualifications: 

Experience in and Knowledge of:
• Eye conditions and their implications including glare sensitivity, contrast sensitivity, lighting, visual fatigue and ergonomics
• How to review and interpret vision reports including abbreviations and notations that describe pathology, visual functioning and refractive error
• How to collaborate with Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Low Vision Therapists as applicable, provide education and in-service training as required
• Braille and a wide variety of adaptive communication and technology aids, hi and lo tech

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree required, Advance degree preferred with demonstrated competence in the disability field with specialization in Assistive Technology/ blindness/ dual sensory impairments
• CATIS strongly preferred
• Experience that may have been gained through: employment in a responsible position in a health field, teaching of the blind, social services, independent living special education, occupational therapy, assistive technology.

Location
City: 
Providence
State: 
Rhode Island
Category: 
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Contact Information
Name: 
Laurie DiOrio
Organization: 
RI Services for the Blind
Email: 
laurie.diorio@dhs.ri.gov
Resumes should be sent to address specified in the job description.: 
No
Phone: 
401-462-7889
Created: 
Fri, 2017-09-08
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