The Center for People With Disabilities announces the following job opening in its North Metro office:
BEYOND VISION SKILLS TRAINER
Please see the job description (below) for specific job functions and requirements.
CPWD is an equal opportunity employer and provides resources, information and advocacy to empower persons with disabilities to overcome barriers to independence. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the above position.
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Closing Date: Open until filled.
BEYOND VISION SKILLS TRAINER
Definition of a Center for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private, nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated within local communities by individuals with disabilities. Centers require 51% of staff be persons with disabilities as well as 51% of Board of Directors be persons with disabilities. Centers provide an array of independent living services, including the core services of information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, and individual and systems advocacy. (http://www.ed.gov/programs/cil/index.html).
Reports to the Beyond Vision Coordinator
Part time. Wage. Non-exempt. (22.5 hours per week)
Teach individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired, family members and service providers about adaptive techniques, coping strategies, and eye health in Adams County.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Organize and implement monthly educational and social programs for Beyond Vision consumer groups with the primary focus on independent living skills training.
- Assist consumers in learning adaptive techniques, coping strategies and eye health to promote their independence in their home and community.
- Encourage peer support and social networking within each group.
- Teach self-advocacy skills and encourage and facilitate systems advocacy where appropriate.
- Ensure group information is in respective facility communication channels and recreation or community guides for specific groups.
- Assist with peer mentor program.
- Assist with recreational events.
- Coordinate all Beyond Vision services with the Beyond Vision Coordinator and participate as a team with the entire Beyond Vision team.
- Provide individual services to consumers including marking appliances, homemaking skills, basic travel skills, and basic assistive technology.
- Maintain an individual services packet to be given to all consumers at initial home visit.
- Conduct needs assessments.
- Conduct assistive technology assessments.
- Assist consumers in applying for funding when applicable for assistive devices.
- Refer Beyond Vision consumers to appropriate low vision peer support groups.
- Refer consumers to collaborating agencies as appropriate.
- Refer consumers to other CPWD programs as appropriate.
- Maintain completed CSR files on consumers – both active and closed in an organized and accessible format as specified by CPWD.
- Communicate group and group “call list” changes to Beyond Vision Coordinator.
- Communicate topics per each group to Beyond Vision Coordinator.
- Maintain accurate and timely paper and electronic records required by CPWD.
- Participate in CPWD staff meetings, program meetings and staff training activities, including 12 hours of continuing education per year.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- B.A., or higher, in Human Services or related Field.
- Minimum of two years experience working with people with vision loss.
- Experience in group facilitation and group dynamics.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with professionals and with the public.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel
- Demonstrate ability to utilize e-mail and the Internet.
- Knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy.
- Certified Vision Rehabilitation therapist credential.
- Fluent in English and Spanish.
- Personal experience with a disability.
The Center for People with Disabilities Mission:
To provides resources, information, and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living. CPWD is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 agency.