BC, Victoria - Specialist, Early Intervention

Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada is a unique health services organization that serves people who are blind or partially sighted across the country. Our certified specialists provide training that empowers clients to develop or to restore activities of daily living skills, to promote their independence, to enhance safety and mobility. We work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, by providing essential care on a referral basis in homes, workplaces and communities across the country.

Date: August 30, 2021 

Job Title: Specialist, Early Intervention    
Term: Permanent Part-Time (17.5 hours per week)
Location: Victoria, BC 

Summary:

In this role you will be working with children, (birth to K entry), families and community resources to understand the child's vision loss and potential developmental concerns. Responsibilities include an initial interview and ongoing assessment to contribute towards a family and community team service plan that would include strategies and recommendations to support development and learning. 

The position also involves connecting families and the child's team to identify resources and programs that relate to blindness or partial sight. Consultation will be focused on function and everyday application of sensory skills, communication, play skills, socialization, movement and literacy.   In addition, this position also facilitates a child's transition into the community and daycare, pre-school and school settings.

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Your impact at VLRC:

  • May conduct/or participate in initial and ongoing assessments for children aged, birth to school entry, with vision loss.  Assists child, family and community team in developing habilitation goals.
  • Develops and/or contributes to Individual Family Service or Intervention Plan developed by the local community IE Team to assist children with vision loss in developing motor, visual, cognitive, self-care, social, literacy and sensory skills in accordance with vision habilitation goals.
  • Evaluates child's progress to revise service plans and implement programs that address child and family needs.
  • Assesses environmental conditions, accessibility, and safety in settings that the child encounters (home, preschool, playgrounds, etc.)
  • Provides support and information to parents and caregivers on methods and techniques for helping to overcome barriers to inclusion. Provides support and information to parents/caregiver to enhance advocacy skills.
  • Acts as a consultant/resource to the professional and service community regarding issues pertaining to children with vision loss including children with multiple disabilities.
  • Provides interventions and supports to the child and family in the form of: direct intervention; resources and information; collaboration with other programs and service providers; presentations; and transition planning.
  • Completes required documentation including individualized family service plan, assessments, progress reports, statistics on service delivery, etc.
  • Keeps abreast of current materials, technology, standards of practice related to providing service to children with vision loss by review of professional literature, attending conferences/workshops and accessing other current sources of information.
  • As part of the Child, Family, Community Team Service Plan, develops intervention/therapeutic activities and programs to assist children with vision loss.

In this Role you will need: 

  • Knowledge of childhood normal and abnormal development including extensive understanding of childhood disabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of vision loss.
  • Experience working with children with additional disabilities.
  • Training related to specialized seating and positioning, feeding, adaptive technology and sensory integration is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cortical visual impairment is an asset.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with children and families.
  • Experience supervising volunteers and support personnel an asset.
  • Ability to utilize computer and software programs.
  • Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations.
  • Good organization and time management skills.

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Bachelors' degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Experience working with children with vision loss as well as children with additional disabilities is an asset.
  • First Aid certification.
  • Clear Criminal Records Check

Work Environment:

  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness to work in a variety of settings (virtually, child's home, Child Development Centre, daycare, community settings etc.).
  • Travel will be required.

Why VLRC:

At VLRC, you will discover, a culture of Diversity, teamwork and professionalism.  Every VLRC employee enables the best possible client centered care for our clients and their families. Whether you are providing direct client services or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join BCs leading provider of rehabilitation therapy with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to in-house training programs.
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including a pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement, personal days sick days. • Perks include:  Flexible Start Time, Flexile work place, Heath & Wellness program.

Apply Now!

Please send your cover letter and Resume To: Cami.VanUnen@vlrehab.ca and quote the job title in the subject line

VLRC is committed to creating and fostering an inclusive culture and welcomes applications from diverse candidates, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, women, candidates with disabilities, and candidates of colour. We strongly encourage applications from applicants with sight loss. Direct lived experience would be a definite asset. We're excited to review your application

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

For more information about Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, please visit visionlossrehab.ca .

Closing Date for Applications:  until filled.