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BALANCE for Blind Adults is an Employer of Choice for persons who are blind or living with sight loss. Over 40% of our employees are blind or have low vision and have been vision rehabilitation service users themselves. The level of employment among blind persons in Canada is disgraceful. Only about 35% have jobs, so we at BALANCE are proud of the fact that we are setting an example to other employers in the city of Toronto and in Canada. We seek out experienced and knowledgeable people and we believe that lived experience helps to create a dynamic, caring and empathetic learning environment. At BALANCE, we also provide a supportive management approach which permits growth and development in the workplace. We believe that a caring workplace builds a strong staff team, which in turn improves programs and services and benefits our clients.


JOB POSTING— Assistive Technology (AT) Instructor (Low Vision)—Part-Time

Date of Posting: October 17, 2019

BALANCE has been providing specialized support for people who are blind or partially sighted in the City of Toronto for over 30 years, including customized and individualized vision rehabilitation services and community engagement support. We specialize in access technology training, and have developed expertise in teaching mainstream mobile technologies to adults who are blind or living with sight loss. BALANCE also specializes in services to people with other special needs in addition to blindness or visual impairment.

For more information, please visit www.balancefba.org

Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the person in this position will teach concepts, skills and techniques necessary for a person with a visual impairment in the use of low and high tech accessibility aids and equipment, and carry out lesson plans set by the Community Engagement Support Specialist and the Occupational Therapist. The instructor assesses, recommends, and demonstrates assistive technology software and hardware; develops, implements and instructs appropriate training programs; and will contribute to group education and awareness activities such as courses and workshops.

Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct AT assessments and evaluations focusing on long/short term needs/goal which include strengths, skills of participant and an estimation of length/frequency of instruction necessary to meet identified needs
  2. Plan, create, develop, implement and organize assistive technology individualized program plans (IPPS) including goals and objectives, lessons, and regular monitoring assessments based on identified student needs. Develop, implement and maintain a regular instruction schedule for each participant.
  3. Facilitate the provision of individualized training solutions based on recommendations on assistive technology (equipment presently owned and may need)
  4. Deliver sequential, meaningful AT instruction appropriate to participant’s assessed needs, IPP, goals, objectives, functioning and motivational level
  5. Teach skills and techniques by providing AT instruction in but not limited to:
  • Knowledge of what a computer and other accessible devices are
  • Basic computer skills such as Keyboarding
  • Audio screen readers and synthesizers, screen magnification programs, scanning software, hardware, note takers, digital book readers, labellers, blood pressure and glucose monitors etc.
  • Mainstream mobile technologies (both Apple and Android) and all of their accessibility options such as Voice-Over
  • Special needs hardware & software (training in modified/updated technology in computer applications)
  • Instruction in use of program operating systems Windows, Macintosh, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, etc.
  • Use of communication programs (email, Skype)
  • Writing skills/word processing (editing procedures, create and revise printed material)
  • Surf the internet, and access information from it
  1. Monitor and report participant progress using electronic IPP, client relations management system, and team input
  2. Manage, document and organize information such as assessments, lesson report, IPPs and other data, in the client database
  3. Use communication and team work to consult, educate, and provide in service
  4. Create and manage personal client appointments and personal schedule

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge of blind and low vision assistive technology
  • Knowledge of applicable computer and mobile technology and applications
  • Knowledge of adult education principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of vision loss in adults
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with participants
  • Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Experience in social media will be an asset
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • If not currently certified, willingness to attend required training to upgrade position towards certification as a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) (supported by BALANCE)

Education and Experience

  • College Diploma in social services, or equivalent experience, required
  • Social support services or adult training/teaching/instruction experience is an asset, including work with persons who have a disability
  • Lived experience of vision loss is a definite asset in this position, and will be looked upon favourably

Work Environment

  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Willingness to work in a variety of settings-client home, workplace, BALANCE training centre, etc.
  • Travel is a required element of the job, within the city of Toronto

Location:  Office is located on the Bloor subway line at Dundas West station. This position requires extensive travel to clients’ homes within the Greater Toronto Area, from Scarborough to Etobicoke and from North York to the lake.

Closing Date for Applications-November 15, 2019

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position, and whether interested in full-time or part-time, to: info@balancefba.org

BALANCE strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. BALANCE 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 BALANCE.

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