Specialist, Orientation & Mobility

Do you want to work for a health care organization that changes people's lives? One that not only cares deeply about clients, but also values that its employees are its greatest asset?

Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada is a unique health services organization that serves people who are blind or partially sighted across the country. Our certified specialists provide training that empowers clients to develop or to restore activities of daily living skills, to promote their independence, to enhance safety and mobility. We work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, by providing essential care on a referral basis in homes, workplaces and communities across the country.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, flexible schedules, and opportunities to grow.

For more information about Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, please visit visionlossrehab.ca or call 1-844-887-8572.

Date: November 4, 2021

Job Title: Specialist, Orientation & Mobility

Term: full time permanent, 35 hours/week

Location: Kingston (Southeast Region)

Rate of pay:$24.73 per hour

Summary:

This position covers a broad range of duties and responsibilities including instructing individuals with vision loss on orientation and mobility travel skills and techniques

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Conducts assessments and documents the O&M needs and personal goals of individuals with vision loss. 
  • With the individual, identifies and prioritizes goals and develops an orientation & mobility service plan.
  • Teaches concept development, spatial and sensory awareness, pre-cane skills, cane techniques, and travel skills. 
  • Encourages and provides support in assertiveness/advocacy skills to individuals as it relates to orientation and mobility.
  • Provides information and lessons in the use of electronic travel aids
  • Provides tactile maps as required.
  • Teaches sighted guide to family members and others.
  • Acts as a resource person for information regarding guide dog schools. Provide skill development to prepare individuals to work with a guide dog. Works with guide dog schools as required.
  • Acts as a resource in matters related to accessible design and the built environment.
  • Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with VLRC Systems and Procedures.
  • Performs administrative duties including but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss.
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
  • Well developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving ability.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.
  • Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program (Mohawk College); or Diploma in Specialized Studies, O&M and Vision Rehabilitation (University of Montreal). 
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • ACVREP Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) certification
  • Good command of relevant computer applications. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Service will be provided in VLRC centres, individual homes and/or the community.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Travel will be required.

Closing Date for Applicationsuntil filled

Please Send the Application To caitlyn.lazarus@vlrehab.ca and quote the job title in the subject line.

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

VLRC strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. VLRC is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with VLRC.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, VLRC is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and VLRC will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in VLRC, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.