Senior Assistive Technology Instructor- HKNC, California CSP
The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.
We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a Senior Assistive Technology Instructor in our Community Services Program in California. The Senior Instructor for Assistive Technology evaluates base level of ability of each individual to use assistive technology such as computers, refreshable braille displays and note takers, various communication devices, various relay devices and software, and other related software applications for the California Community Services Program (CSP). The Senior AT instructor will be expected to plan lessons and provide skills training in content areas of Assistive Technology curriculum based on the finding of the evaluation and as determined by the individual’s personal needs and preferences, employing appropriate techniques materials and communication preferences.
The Senior AT Instructor will provide assessment, installation, and training for qualified participants of telecommunication equipment for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Program (NDBEP), in collaboration with the SF Lighthouse for the Blind.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Actively collaborate with team (including participant) to design trans-disciplinary training activities, implement individualized program, and evaluate progress through debriefing and further dialogue to identify further learning opportunities.
- Communicates to all team members the participant's training priorities that include short and long term goals.
- Ensures the participant's involvement in decision making process with team throughout evaluation and training
- Actively participates in HKNC Community of Practice (COP) groups in order to support learning of peers, contribute articles, experiences and challenges.
- Evaluate participant's abilities and provide training on a broad range of assistive equipment including; screen enlargement software, braille displays, screen reading software, note-takers, and other devices designed for individuals who are deaf-blind.
- Recommends, plans, and provides training on an individual basis in the use of assistive technology.
- Records progress and submits individualized reports in a timely manner.
- Responsible for assessing the skills of each approved participant and working with the participant to determine the best fit of hardware and/or software to meet their telecommunication needs. The access technology equipment for a participant can include, but is not limited to: PC or MAC computing systems; SMART phones; refreshable braille displays; note takers and/or screen magnification or speech software Additional supportive equipment may also include: noise canceling headphones, large print keyboards or other relevant hardware to ensure the participant has full access and use of their equipment. Train the participants on the access technology related to the NDBEP.
- Recommends appropriate equipment for participants.
- Keeps abreast and researches new trends in technology and in the field of assistive technology for deaf-blind individuals and exchanges feedback/suggestions for improvements with designated manufacturers.
- Disseminates information regarding assistive technology for individuals who are deaf-blind. This includes presentations at conferences, HKNC publications, professional journals, and the HKNC website.
- Provides in-service training to participants and HKNC employees and at various workshop/conferences as needed.
- Has responsibility for demo equipment and general appearance of the area that includes troubleshooting and updating/upgrading firmware/software/hardware.
- Performs additional related duties when necessary at the discretion of the Community Services Program Coordinator.
Note: This position requires extensive local travel throughout San Diego and Los Angeles service areas.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree preferred in assistive technology, Rehabilitation Teaching, Special Education, Education of the Blind/Visually impaired, Rehabilitation of the Blind/Visually impaired, computer science or related degree. Knowledge of assistive technology for blind and deafblind individuals, computer proficiency, knowledge of sign language and Braille. Knowledge of computer braille preferred. Three years teaching or rehabilitation experience with individuals who are deaf, blind or deaf-blind preferred.