Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind

Basic Information

Date posted: 05/05/2022

Location: Lacrosse and Baraboo area, Wisconsin

Posted by: State of Wisconsin

Salary: Starting salary is between $19.00($39,520 annually) and $34.00 ($70,720 annually), depending on level and qualifications, plus excellent benefits.

Contact Information

Address

1 West Wilson St
Madison, WI 53703

Phone

608-266-3147

More Details

Qualifications

Minimally qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience providing training (e.g., orientation and mobility, techniques for enhancing low vision, adaptive communication, and use of assistive technology) to individuals who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Experience with coordinating services and managing a caseload.
  • Experience with social, cultural or economic needs of individuals who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Knowledge of community resources available for individuals who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to plan, organize, and schedule competing priorities efficiently.
  • Ability to present information in a clear and effective manner in written and oral communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with the Bureau and its partners.
  • Willing to do overnight travel for training and other purposes as needed.

Additional minimum requirement for the Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind Advanced level is:

Certification by a nationally recognized body in blindness personnel in the following: preparation orientation and mobility; vision rehabilitation therapy; assistive technology; or low vision therapy.

In addition, well-qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience assessing independent living needs for people who are blind or visually impaired such as identifying orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, understanding vision loss, use of optical aids, communication techniques, etc.
  • Experience developing and providing rehabilitation teaching to people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Experience working with underserved communities (e.g., racial/cultural minorities, religious minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community).
  • Experience with specialized local or national programs related to services for the blind.
  • Experience with adaptive/assistive technology such as accessible computer technology, or video magnification for people who are blind or visually impaired, etc.

Job Description

The Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind provides assessment, training (e.g., orientation and mobility, use of assistive technology, adjustment to vision loss and home and personal management), information and referral, outreach, and education to adults with vision loss, their families, and interested professionals in their assigned region. These services exist to enhance independent living skills and quality of life for individuals who are blind or have vision loss.   This position also provides leadership for the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the region assigned; serves as key spokesperson on blind issues with the public and develops and maintains collaborative relationships with key community partners (e.g., Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Independent Living Centers, and Senior Centers).