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Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind
Posted: November 15 2016
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JOB DESCRIPTION Visual Impairment Teacher
Reports to Children’s Program Director
The teacher shall provide 1:1 service with the clients and family members as authorized by the IFSP. The teacher may work with small groups of infants/toddlers and their respective family/representatives in Center based activities.
Screen referrals for functional vision performance.
Acquire and expand information about impact of visual impairment on child’s development, working with families, current research, resources, etc.
Acquire information and follow IFSP timelines and requirements.
Administer initial functional Vision Assessments for identified infants then provide follow-up assessments on a semi-annual basis.
Work with the Early Childhood Intervention Team in the preparation and monitoring of IFSP for each infant.
Attend annual and semi annual IFSP meetings, staff meetings/trainings.
Provide services to visually impaired infants and parent training as outlined in the IFSP.
Learning Media – ensure the child has opportunities to have toys and activities to use all sensory modalities.
Bonding with family members.
Motor- Gross, fine, and O&M/Early Movement
Self-Help—Eating and drinking, dressing and undressing, toileting, personal hygiene, sleeping patterns.
Cognition- Body concepts, object exploration and manipulation, experience-based early concept development, problem solving.
Communication- Receptive and expressive
Sensory- Vision (Low Vision Efficiency Training, large print/pictures/books, optical devises), Auditory/listening skills, tactual (pre-Braille/Tactile symbols), Vestibular, sensory integration.
Travel to homes to deliver home instruction and parenting training.
Act as a consultant to daycare providers, extended family members, Early Childhood Intervention/Day program staff, as needed.
Act as a liaison with Regional Center service coordinators, Parents and caregivers, orientation and mobility specialist, physical therapist, speech therapist and
Provide information and materials to ensure the infant’s home is an appropriate learning environment.
Ensure that parents have opportunities to meet and obtain information about visual impairment issues at parent meetings, workshops, conferences.
Participate in transition planning, update and maintain client files, complete any require documents.
Perform other duties as assigned and required.
Bachelor degree in Education or related field, required.
Current California TBVI Teaching Credential, required.
Previous experience implementing program for infants, toddles, and pre-school aged children who are blind, deaf blind, or blind with multiple impairments in either a residential and/or outreach community-based setting
Professional preparation in the education of children with visual impairments, orientation and mobility, infant or early childhood development, and/or social work.
One year experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and visual impairments preferred.
Must be self motivated, a strategic thinker, and independent.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to interact effectively with a variety of advocates for children.
Ability to be the liaison to outside community schools and agencies involved in the education of children with special needs.
Ability to interact and work well with staff and management.
Ability to multi-task, ability to set priorities and organize work responsibilities to ensure completion of assigned tasks within preset timeframes.
Ability to communicate and work effectively with people of diverse cultures, education, social, and economic backgrounds.
Proficient in computer operations to include the following software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
Ability to work in a team centered environment.
Ability to lift, push, pull, or move a between 10 - 50 pounds.
Must be able to successfully complete a stringent background check.
Have a valid CA driver’s license and insurance with 3 + years of driving experience and a driving record acceptable for TLC insurance carrier.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
This position is shares time between an open air-conditioned classroom and in client’s homes. Frequently, due to working in the client’s homes, the working conditions are subject to weather elements, i.e. sun, wind, rain. Occasionally there are swimming classes that require getting into an enclosed, heated swimming pool and/or Jacuzzi. This position can be moderately physical. There is frequent standing, bending, sitting for periods of time, and fast-paced walking. Assisting consumers in wheelchairs, with walkers, gait-belts that require pushing, supporting and guiding. Occasional lifting of weight that varies between 10-50 pounds. On occasion, consumers may become physical including but not limited to hitting, kicking, grabbing, and biting.
Candidates must be eligible to work legally in the United States without employer sponsorship. Hire is subject to the results of background check and TB results.
How to Apply:
All Qualified Applicants should send Cover letter and Resume
Please reference Position Title in Subject Line.
Qualified candidates will be contacted.
Competitive pay DOE
* * PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS * *
Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We embrace diversity and do not hire based on race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, veteran status, or disabilities. M/F/V/D.
Compassionate staff is needed to work with these individuals to help them achieve their fullest potential.
Staff members will assist TLC clients with daily living skills such as:
Grooming, bathing, toiletry, meal preparation, communication, recreation, mobility, social skills, and swimming with clients.