The Adaptive Technology Instructor will be responsible for the creation, deployment, and coordination of training programs that assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired with learning the tools and techniques that allow them to perform functions of their job or to live independently.
This position will work closely with Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Career Development Specialists, and Low Vision Doctors to understand the needs of the individual being served and determine the best adaptive skill or technology required. Installation of equipment, apps, and instruction will be the role of the Adaptive Technology instructor.
Comprehensive technology assessments, individualized training, group training, and product research will all be a part of the Adaptive Technology Instructor’s role as the organization serves individuals referred by the New York State Commission for the Blind and community agencies as well as accommodating individual requests.
The employee must be able to conduct assessments and trainings throughout the nine county service area.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Completion of comprehensive technology assessments to determine a participant’s needs, and appropriate documentation to referring organization to recommend services and / or products in terms of job readiness, life skills, and career skills.
Collaboration with the Mission Services team to provide holistic and comprehensive services to all participants. Support providers by installing and providing training on applications and technologies to be used in participant services.
Individualized instruction on technology including, but not limited to, screen readers (i.e. JAWS. NVDA); magnification software (i.e. ZoomText); CCTVs; Braille displays; and other appropriate technologies.
Working with employer IT specialists to insure accommodations can be made in the workplace, and that workplace technologies are compatible.
Development of curricula and appropriate instructional methods such as individualized and group instruction, demonstrations, conferences, meetings and / or workshops to introduce and enhance participants use of accessibility features on existing equipment such as phones, tablets and PCs. Guidance on products that meet the individual’s needs.
Selects or develops teaching aids such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, computer tutorials and reference works.
Ensures successful transfer of knowledge and skills:
Maintaining knowledge of current products and exploring their usefulness for the individuals served.
Development, organization, and facilitation of a fee-for-service technology-training program that can be accessed by the public.
Review of community partner websites and materials for accessibility as requested.
Maintain the Adaptive Technology Center, insuring that updated technologies are installed and available for demonstration and training.
Evaluate products for the purposes of purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the device to be available for demonstration.
Generate and maintain internal and external documentation:
Assists in writing proposals, marketing programs and recruiting participants.
Ensures fiscal accountability and compliance with all grant, contractual, federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
Maintains a system to maintain an accurate inventory of organization/department owned equipment.
Degree or certificate in Assistive Technology training from a nationally recognized organization (ie. ATP, CATIS), including training/testing in all of the following areas:
o Help in acquiring AT devices
o Guidance in selecting, customizing, adapting, maintaining, repairing, or replacing AT devices
o Coordinating and using necessary interventions (for example, low vision services) with the use of AT devices
o Training or providing technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, family members or significant others, professionals, and employers in the effective use and integration of AT devices
Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Education or related field including direct service and program coordination required.
Minimum of three years of successful teaching/training experience.
Strong technical skills and extensive knowledge of computer hardware, and software applications. Experience with adaptive technology preferred.