Program: Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program
Status: Full-time, Union
Hours: 36.25 hrs/week
Date Posted: April 12, 2021
Closing Date: April 23, 2021
About Surrey Place:
At Surrey Place we help children and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments reach their full potential. We offer a variety of groups and workshops for clients, families and caregivers, as well as extensive education and consultation services to community agencies.
Our comprehensive programs and services range from assessment, diagnosis, and one-on-one treatment, to family counselling and group support and is provided by a broad network of clinicians and professionals. Surrey Place is accredited with Accreditation Canada and is affiliated with the University of Toronto and other academic institutions and is a teaching site for students in a variety of health care professions.
Surrey Place employs nearly 500 employees, with 12 locations in the GTA and we also provide video-conferencing services to communities in northwestern Ontario.
The Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program at Surrey Place is seeking an Early Childhood Vision Consultant (ECVC). Reporting to the Manager, Training & Quality Assurance-BLVEIP, the ECVC will provide family-centered parent support in the home environment focusing on the knowledge and skills of parents/caregivers in supporting the individual developmental needs of the child with visual impairment.
May include, but are not limited to:
- Interview families to determine needs, services and resources related to their child’s sensory functioning and impact on development.
- Orient the family to services provided by Surrey Place, and regional service agencies as appropriate.
- Assist in identifying and making referrals to access resources or services based on the identified needs and priorities of the interdisciplinary team.
- Analysis of the child’s sensory function and development and environment considerations in order provide recommendations for inclusion in a program plan to maximize the child’s access to the learning environment.
- Develop functional strategies to support the child’s learning with emphasis on the development of visual, tactile, auditory, and orientation and mobility skills.
- Collaborate with parents/caregiver(s) and other professionals to identify strengths and needs of the child, family and community in order to highlight priorities leading to the development of a plan for implementation.
- Support other professionals and staff in the community-based early learning and childcare settings to enhance their capacity to understand and respond to the developmental issues of the child and promote the child’s inclusion into community-based programs.
- Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of family services plans as part of an inter-disciplinary team.
- University Degree in Early Childhood Education, or Diploma in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college program and a post diploma certificate in special needs.
- Member in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
- Three years’ experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education including experience working with children with special needs.
- In-depth knowledge of the Ontario Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program Guidelines
- Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Access to a vehicle for travel within the GTA preferred but not required.
- This position requires use of a vehicle and travel within the GTA.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office 365.
- The successful candidate must provide an acceptable Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector Screening).
- Fluency in French is considered an asset.
Due to the pandemic, this position is primarily home-based for now. Candidates will be expected to deliver in-person services and home visits when it is deemed safe. When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, candidates will be required to work from a Surrey Place location.
To be considered for this position, you must be passionate about the work we do, and share our organizational values. Please submit your resume and cover letter saved in the following format: firstname.lastname (ie. John.Smith) to Human Resources, email@example.com, quoting file 21039 the subject line of your email by the closing date.
Surrey Place is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. If you are contacted for an interview and require accommodation appropriate arrangements will be made to assist you through this process. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.