Sr. Instructor- Adaptive Technology

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 Instructor in our Adaptive Technology Department. The Senior Instructor evaluates base level of ability to use adaptive technology such as computers, refreshable braille displays and note-takers, various communication devices, various relay devices and software, and other related software applications. Plans lessons and provides skills training in content areas of Adaptive Technology curriculum based on the finding of the evaluation and as determined by consumer’s’ personal needs and preferences, employing appropriate techniques materials and communication preferences.


ESSENTIAL Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1. Ensures services provided to students are person-centered and meet the students’ needs:

a. Assess, through dialogue with consumer and team, the consumer’s training priorities

b. Actively collaborate with team (including consumer) to design trans-disciplinary training activities, implement individualized program and evaluate progress through debriefing and further dialogue to identify further learning opportunities.

c. Communicates to all team members the consumer’s training priorities/ short and long term goals.

d. Works with team members to ensure adaptive technology training supports the vocational goal.

e. Ensures the consumer’s involvement in decision making process with team throughout evaluation and training


2. Actively participates in Community of Practice (COP) of choice in order to support learning of peers. Contributes articles, experiences and challenges.


3. Evaluate consumer’s abilities and provide training on a broad range of adaptive equipment including: screen enlargement software, braille displays, screen reading software, note-takers, and other devices designed for individuals who are deaf-blind.


4. Recommends, plans, and provides training on an individual basis in the use of adaptive technology.


5. Records progress and submits individualized reports in a timely manner.


6. Recommends appropriate equipment for consumers.


7. Keeps abreast and researches new trends in technology and in the field of adaptive technology for deaf-blind individuals and exchanges feedback/suggestions for improvements with designated manufacturers.


8. Disseminates information regarding adaptive technology for individuals who are deaf-blind. This includes presentations at conferences, HKNC publications, professional journals, and the HKNC website.


9. Provides in-service training to consumers, teachers, in-house staff, and at various workshop/conferences outside HKNC at the request of the Technology Center Supervisor or Administrator.


10. Provides off-campus consultation to individuals at their work site or home at the request of the Technology Center Supervisor or Administrator.


11. Accompanies, serves as guide, and supports communication access for consumers and staff when necessary in a variety of situations and settings. Examples of settings include but are not limited to: team meetings, airport, shopping, bank errands, phone calls, VP calls, Town Hall Committee meetings, cafeteria, information peer learning groups such as the Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Work Solutions groups, recreation activities ( i.e. Holiday party). Communication support, which includes providing environmental information, may consist of voice over, sign language (visual/tactual) , text/typing, or facilitating the use of augmentative systems (communication cards, devices).To accomplish this the individual may be required to use a personal vehicle on occasion. HKNC will provide interpreting support for formal meetings such as Employment Planning Meetings, Team Meetings, Full Staff Meetings and seminars


12. Has responsibility for equipment and general appearance of the area that includes troubleshooting and updating/upgrading firmware/software/hardware.


13. Performs related duties when necessary at the discretion of the Technology Center Supervisor or the Administration.


Education and/or EXPERIENCE

Education: Master’s degree in Deaf Education. Special Education, Education of the Blind/Visually impaired, Rehabilitation of the Blind/Visually impaired, computer science or related degree.

Experience: Knowledge of adaptive 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.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to