Vision Rehabilitation Therapist –
Department: Rehabilitation Department
Reports To: Director of Clinical Rehabilitation Services
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE –
Provides specialized rehabilitation teaching 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, 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.
Instructs consumers in use of low vision aids and adaptive equipment.
Maintains a caseload of adults and children, overseeing social casework, rehabilitation 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 other staff.
Conducts community presentations and represents 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 the 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 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 –
Syracuse is close to Onondaga Lake with unique shops, spectacular restaurants, lovely lakeshore trails. Near the largest state fair, the New York State Fair and many well-known universities and colleges. Explore a world of art, theater, music, photography, history, nature and play in Rochester, New York. From standing in the parlor where Susan B. Anthony was arrested to listening to great jazz on the streets. Rochester is located on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario and sits at the center of the historic Erie Canal. Only a 90-minute drive to Niagara Falls, 1.5 hours to the Finger Lakes wine country and 6 hours to New York City. World class events such as the International Jazz Festival and the Highland Park Lilac Festival, PGA and LPGA championships, etc. attract nearly two million visitors each year. The George Eastman Museum, the National Museum of Play at the Strong and the National Toy Hall of fame are popular with all ages. This beautiful area abounds with state and local parks which offer summer and winter sports, camping, etc.