Alphapointe Braille/Written Language Skills Instructor in Kansas City, Missouri
As part of its mission, Alphapointe provides preferential hiring to people with vision impairments (legally blind).
Alphapointe is a non-profit agency whose mission is to empower people with vision loss to achieve their goals and aspirations. Alphapointe offers a great working environment that's both challenging and satisfying as well as an array of benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, short and long term disability, vacation and sick time, paid holidays and flexible spending options as well as a generous 401(k).
Job Summary: Perform evaluations and teaches adaptive techniques for academic and written language skills, adaptive technology, braille, and customer service skill training.
- Provide orientation to adaptive skills of blindness, educating visually impaired and blind children and adults on an array of adaptive tools and techniques, and reinforcing the importance of acquiring skills in order to become independent, job ready, and successfully employed.
- Conduct comprehensive Adaptive Skills Assessments with all Vocational Rehabilitation customers, and after careful analysis make formal recommendations for aids and appliances, modifications to the home environment, training needs and other services.
- Develop and maintain complete and accurate records and reports of all services provided for visually impaired children and adults being served.
- Develop and implement systems for evaluating the effectiveness of intervention procedures and keep appropriate personnel informed of findings.
- Develop individual educational program for students.
- Plan curriculum, modify curriculum and prepare lessons and other instructional materials according to student needs.
- Transcribe materials as needed.
- Arrange for and conduct field trips designed to promote experiential learning.
- Operate in multiple settings under the Rehabilitation Service Manager’s direction and keep appropriate personnel informed of activities, accommodations, modifications and services for clients with multiple disabilities.
- Review and respond to emails and phone messages in a timely manner.
- Provide adaptive skills of blindness training and services, developing individualized training curricula and establishing clear and measurable objectives for each customer.
- Continually monitor and document customer progress and assess effectiveness of training, making adjustments to the training plan as necessary, and provide ongoing support and guidance to build self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Provide input toward the development of quality service standards affecting policy, procedures and best practices.
- Evaluate new or upgraded aids, appliances, and techniques to determine appropriateness and use by customer, and identify new resources, tools and devices that may assist clients in increasing their independence and employability.
- Confer with parents, administrator, testing specialists, social worker and others to develop individual educational program for students, when collaborating with schools.
- Meet with family to discuss how parents can encourage client’s independence and well- being and to provide guidance in using community resources.
- Perform other reasonable duties that from time to time may be assigned to meet the usual and unusual demands placed on the organization.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree is required in education or its equivalent. Master’s degree preferred.
- Certifiable or certified through the nationally recognized accrediting body of Teachers for the Visually Impaired and ACVREP certification for Vision Rehabilitation Therapists. Must maintain certification.
- Excellent communication, assessment and teaching ability required.
- Knowledge of adaptive equipment and techniques for people who are blind and visually impaired is preferred.
- Knowledge of uncontracted and contracted braille, and knowledge of the Unified braille code, preferred.
- Organization and attention to detail are required.
- Knowledge of common eye diseases leading to blindness and their impact on functional vision.
- Knowledge of major secondary disabilities and their impact on individual’s functioning and learning.
- Knowledge of the basic alternative skills, strategies, and access technology used by blind and visually impaired people.
- Knowledge of national and local resources for blind and visually impaired people.
- Knowledge of federal and state laws affecting services and rights of people with disabilities such as ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, etc.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask effectively.
- Ability to effectively navigate the Internet and use other common computer applications such as MS Office Suite.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Primarily office / center based
- Some travel in local community
Alphapointe is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran
Department: Rehabilitation & Education
Location: Kansas City, MO