Assistive Technology Instructor
Date posted: 01/10/2022
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posted by: Independence for the Blind
3107 North Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32507
3107 North Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32507
Position Minimum Requirements:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Visual Disabilities, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or Health related fields
- Successful Completion of Assistive Technology Fundamentals I and II, Systemic Application Training or significant experience in lieu thereof
- Superior ability to communicate clearly, concisely, technically and effectively in writing and speaking
- Ability to interact well with varying ages, cultures, disabilities and races
- Superior time management and organizational skills
- Proven ability to establish and achieve goals in a deadline driven environment
- Willingness to participate in certification programs of own accord and at own expense within first year of employment
- Ability to work on weekends, holidays and overnight as required
- Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook, JAWS and other specialty software or willingness to learn
- Extensive knowledge of and ability to teach use of computers, cell phones, tablets; while extensive knowledge is required, the ability to teach is paramount; teaching is the primary function of the position
- Pass background screening
- Valid driver’s license as this position requires routine travel to clients’ homes, work sites and other community locations.
- Ability to lift and carry weight up to 40 pounds
- Possess or be willing to, in time, acquire CATIS certification – a certification through Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
- Experience in working/teaching/training blind and visually impaired individuals
- Minimum four (4) years of experience with evaluation in Assistive Technology or related services
The Assistive Technology Instructor will be responsible for the creation, deployment, and coordination of training programs that assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired with learning the tools and techniques that allow them to perform functions of their job or to live independently. This position demands analytical thinking and problem-solving skills with exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills to support team efforts in helping individuals reach their respective technology goals.
This position will work closely with Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and Career Development Specialists to understand the needs of the individual being served and determine the best adaptive skill or technology required. Installation of equipment, apps, and instruction will be the role of the Assistive Technology instructor.
- Completion of comprehensive technology assessments to determine needs, and appropriate documentation to referring organization to recommend services and / or products in terms of job readiness, life skills, and career skills.
- Collaboration with the team to provide holistic and comprehensive services to all participants. Install and provide up to date training on applications and technologies to be used in client services.
- Individualized instruction on technology including, but not limited to, screen readers (i.e. JAWS. NVDA); magnification software (i.e. ZoomText); CCTVs; Braille displays; and other appropriate technologies.
- Working with employer IT specialists to insure accommodations can be made in the workplace, and that workplace technologies are compatible.
- Development of curricula and appropriate instructional methods such as individualized and group instruction, demonstrations, conferences, meetings and / or workshops to introduce and enhance participants use of accessibility features on existing equipment such as phones, tablets and PCs. Guidance on products that meet the individual’s needs.
- Selects or develops teaching aids such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, computer tutorials and reference works.
- Ensures successful transfer of knowledge and skills:
- Identifies and utilizes most appropriate teaching methods
- Individualizes training approach to coincide with the learning style of each person served and tests trainees to measure progress and to evaluate effectiveness of training
- Maintaining knowledge of current products and exploring their usefulness for the individuals served.
- Review of community partner websites and materials for accessibility as requested.
- Maintain the Assistive Technology Center, ensuring that updated technologies are installed and available for demonstration and training.
- Evaluate products for the purposes of purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the device to be available for demonstration.
- Generate and maintain internal and external documentation:
- Maintains accurate and timely case notes for all services provided
- Completes progress reports for participants during training periods
- Generate thorough and timely reporting for all participants as required by contract or referring agency
- Assists in writing proposals, marketing programs and recruiting participants.
- Ensures fiscal accountability and compliance with all grant, contractual, federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
- Maintains a system to maintain an accurate inventory of organization/department owned equipment.
- Contributes to the overall effectiveness of the Organization, the Employment & Technology Services Team, and the Vision Rehabilitation Department by performing all other duties as assigned.
Submit cover letter and resume to include 3 references to the [email protected]