BALANCE for Blind Adults is an Employer of Choice for persons who are blind or partially sighted. One third 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) (28 hours/week)
Date of Posting: November 23, 2018
BALANCE for Blind Adults is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic and empathetic front line staff person to join our vibrant community-based team, providing one to one instruction and leading-edge group programming.
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. The instructor assesses, recommends, and demonstrates assistive and mainstream 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.
- 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.
- Deliver sequential, meaningful AT instruction appropriate to participant’s assessed needs, IPP, goals, objectives, functioning and motivational level
- Teach skills and techniques by providing AT instruction in but not limited to
- Basic computer skills
- 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
- Instruction in use of program operating systems Windows, Macintosh, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, etc.; instruction in use of communication programs (email, Skype); Instruction in use of apps and other technology-related needs such as texting.
4. Monitor and report participant progress
5. Create and manage personal client appointments and personal schedule
6. Be an active participant on the BALANCE staff team (meetings, case conferences, events, etc.)
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
- Knowledge of adult education principles
- Demonstrated understanding of vision loss in adults
- Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations
- Good organization and time management skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skill
- Knowledge of applicable computer and mobile technology and applications is preferred
Education and Experience
- College Diploma level education, in applicable field, minimum
- University degree in social services or relevant other field, preferred
- Social support services work experience is an asset, including work with persons who have a disability, or adult education
- Being an experienced user of magnification software and adaptive mainstream technologies is an asset, and will be looked upon favorably
- 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
Closing Date for Applications-December 7, 2018
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position, and whether interested in full-time or part-time, to: email@example.com.
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.