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Low Vision Therapist

The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County

Pacific Grove, CA

 

Duties: Position Summary Mainly serving seniors (age 55+), the primary purpose of the LVT is to instruct individuals in the use of residual vision with optical devices, non-optical devices, and assistive technology, and help determine the need for environmental modifications in the home, workplace or school. The LVT works as part of an interdisciplinary team with an optometrist, other program, office, management and volunteer staff to create a service plan and ensure quality services. Dual certification or experience with O&M or VRT, highly preferred. The BVIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the bases if race, culture, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Coordinate Low Vision Services. Work closely with the Low Vision Clinic Optometrist, monitor supplies, provide follow-up to the Clinic when appropriate. Conduct thorough evaluate and assessment to determine low vision needs. Create Individualized Vision Rehabilitation Plan and provide services to meet goals and achieve successful outcomes. Train clients in the use of low vision aids and devices in areas of communication, personal management, recreation and travel. Complete necessary paperwork for Low Vision Clinic. Supervise Assistive Technology Center; serve as a liaison to vendors and maintain current devices for the AT Center. Maintain & monitor optical aids inventory. Document progress/outcomes and complete all reporting in accordance with established guidelines. Maintain electronic documentation (and paper as needed) in accordance with established guidelines. Stay current on trends and adaptive equipment in the field. Other duties as assigned Public Relations. Liaison to community resources concerning low vision services. Participate in presentations and in-service workshops Networking. Work with other agencies and individuals to promote the goals of the BVIC and its clients. Referrals to appropriate agencies or services Inter-office. Collaborate with other staff to create Individualized Vision Rehabilitation Plans. Communicate regularly and effectively with clients, colleagues, managers, Board members and volunteers to ensure successful outcomes. Ability to work in a small closely- knit work environment where everyone can be cross-trained and handle various jobs to the extent of their ability.

 

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Special Education / Low Vision Therapy. Master’s Degree and/or Certification (CLVT) in the areas of special education or rehabilitation of the visually impaired, concentration in low vision, or ample experience with low vision optical aids or low vision clinic. Dual certification (COMS or CVRT) preferred. Minimum one year experience working with the visually impaired; preferred five years of work experience. Additional educational background and/or work experience in other areas of Blind Rehabilitation and working with the elderly is a plus. Knowledge of visual system, eye conditions and their implications. Knowledge of the impact of disease, trauma & aging on visual system. Knowledge of optical & non-optical equipment and intervention strategies. Knowledge of components of Low Vision Evaluation. Knowledge of how to plan & implement an Individualized Vision Rehabilitation Plan. Knowledge of how to Manage Practice & Resources. Clinical Practice Competencies. Knowledge of assistive technology and software relating to visual impairment. Ability to work as a rehabilitation team member toward achieving client, department and agency goals. Energetic, flexible, patient, organized and detail-oriented. Ability to think independently, problem solve, and execute assigned tasks. Ability to counsel in a caring manner while also being able to balance agency policy with individual perceptions and sensitivity to clients. Proficiency with MS Office suite produces. Excellent report writing and computer skills required. Must be familiar with the blindness community and professional resources, as well as standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the vision rehabilitation field. Must have a valid California driver’s license, access to your own reliable transportation, and insurance. Mileage reimbursement at current IRS rate. Acquire appropriate CEUs in order to maintain certification

 

Additional Information: 40 hours per week FTE. Medical, dental & vision insurance; mileage reimbursement. Ten paid holidays per year Paid Time Off: Employee accrues up to 25 paid days off per year. Simple IRA retirement plan. Reports to Executive Director BVIC The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. (aka: BVIC; Blind Center) has served Monterey County residents since 1971. It offers a complete spectrum of services that help people adapt to the loss of sight. Collectively our staff provided support to 379 people last year. The majority of our clients are seniors who often have other age related health conditions. Our services are designed for the individual needs, abilities and goals of each person and are offered by our professional specialists in the comfort of your home, community and at the BVIC. Services include Training in Orientation & Mobility, Independent Living Skills, Visual Rehabilitation Services, Support Services, Information and Referral, Assistive Technology and the Marjorie McNeely Low Vision Clinic. The Certified Low Vision Therapist, Certified Orientation & Mobility Special and Rehabilitation Assistant provide outreach. An Optometrist who specializes in low vision attends the clinic four to five hours a week. The BVIC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. BVIC is a fragrance free work environment. Mission To encourage and inspire people who are blind and visually impaired to transcend the loss of sight as contributing members of society. The vision of the BVIC to empower individuals to meet the everyday challenges of visual disabilities through education, support services, and skills training.

 

Closing Date: Until filled

 

For further information, contact:

Diana Trapani

Executive Director

225 Laurel Ave

Pacific Grove, Ca 93950

Phone: (831) 649-3505

Email: vision@blindandlowvision.org

 

 

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