STATEMENT OF PURPOSE –
Provides specialized rehabilitation teaching as well as orientation and mobility to children and adult consumers who are blind and visually impaired, enabling them to achieve their highest level of functioning.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS –
Requires a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, communication, teamwork, creativity, problem solving, planning, and organizational skills. Must have empathy, sensitivity, flexibility, and ability to get along well with a wide variety of personalities. Requires excellent teaching skills and overall knowledge of community resources.
KEY JOB ELEMENTS –
Conducts comprehensive rehabilitation teaching and orientation and mobility evaluations and assessments and develops and implements personalized lesson plans.
Provides direct rehabilitation teaching instruction to adults and children, including personal care management, communication, home management, leisure activities, and technology.
Effectively teaches orientation and mobility in a timely manner including indoor mobility, cane skills, outdoor travel, public transportation, protective techniques, and sighted guide. Instruction also includes body and environmental concepts.
Instructs consumers in use of low vision aids and adaptive equipment.
Provides consultative services to other departments as it pertains to building expansion, assessing environments for employee safety, ease of travel, and other O&M related concerns.
Maintains a caseload of adults and children, overseeing social casework, rehab services, and referrals to other agencies.
Assists in the development and implementation of Adaptive Sports and Recreational programs for children and adults.
Assists in the implementation of children specific programming including camps, pre-vocational and vocational programs.
Completes all required documentation in a timely manner.
Consults, refers, and networks with primary care givers, families, school districts, NYSCB/ACCESS-VR personnel, associated professionals, and staff.
Conducts community presentations and representation at meetings as assigned.
Maintains awareness of current academic material and research. Continues professional development in rehabilitation field.
Adapts to change and completes other duties as assigned.
Consistently achieves annual performance objectives.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS –
Must have ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from consumers, professionals and the general public. Must be able to write effective plans, reports, and correspondence. Must have ability to provide visual cues according to consumer’s visual status. Must have excellent listening skills and the ability to develop confidence and self-esteem.
COMPUTER/TECHNICAL SKILLS –
Must possess basic computer skills and grade I and grade II Braille skills. Must be knowledgeable and remain current with low vision aids and adaptive equipment. Must be knowledgeable in map development and reading, orthopedic prosthetic and cane technique. Must be willing to learn new technology.
REASONING ABILITY –
Must have ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Must be able to recognize the consumer’s status in relationship to their level of acceptance and respond accordingly. Must maintain a strict adherence to mission statement and core values.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS –
Frequently required to talk, hear, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop and kneel. Occasionally must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Position requires stamina for indoor/outdoor training. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key job elements.
WORK ENVIRONMENT –
Extensive travel required. Instruction may occur in a variety of environments including consumer’s home or school, office, or the community.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE –
Master’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and Orientation and Mobility, plus one year of experience in the human services field. Bachelor’s Degree in field of Human Services. ACVREP certification preferred. Must meet Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Dept. of Special Education, and Dept. of Health personnel standards. Experience with adaptive sports and recreation and children’s recreational programming a plus.
ABOUT THE AREA: Utica is a city in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County, New York. A unique city with sprawling parks and playgrounds, and convenient shopping. Available housing includes everything from wonderful old 19th century Victorians, to condominiums, to the house of your choice in a variety of new developments. Oneida and neighboring communities offer excellent school systems with records of academic excellence and student success. The city also boasts a progressive library, and many other easily accessible services. Oneida is equidistant between Syracuse to its west and Utica to its east, with beautiful Oneida Lake just 5 miles north. Finger Lakes wine country and the majestic Adirondack mountains are easy day trips, with Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City all within a 5-hour drive. Syracuse University sports are a major source of regional pride and excitement and two world class shopping and entertainment destination – Turning Stone Casino and Destiny USA – are just minutes away.