Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

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November 2, 2017

Job Title:

Specialist, Early Intervention


Full-time contract


Waterloo/Wellington Region, Kitchener ON


Completes initial interviews and ongoing assessment of children with vision loss, from birth to school age to identify habilitation goals, and develops service plan to address goals with families. This position also develops individual intervention and therapy programs in accordance with goals. It also assists the child's family to access available resources to address their vision needs. This position also facilitates a child's transition into community and school programs.

This position entails, but is not limited to the following general responsibilities:

  • Conducts initial and ongoing assessments for children of various age groups with vision loss. Assists client and their family in developing habilitation goals.

  • Develops individual intervention/therapeutic programs to assist children with vision loss in developing motor, visual, cognitive, self care, social, literacy and sensory skills in accordance with vision habilitation goals.

  • Evaluates child's progress to revise service plans and implement programs that address client and family needs.

  • Assesses environmental conditions, accessibility and safety in settings that the child encounters (home, preschool, playgrounds, etc.)

  • Provides support and information to parents and caregivers on methods and techniques for helping to overcome barriers to inclusion. Provides support and information to parents/caregivers to enhance advocacy skills.

  • Acts as a consultant/resource to the professional and service community regarding issues pertaining to children with vision loss including children with additional disabling conditions.

  • Provides interventions and supports to the child and family in the form of: direct intervention, resources and information, collaboration with other programs and service providers, presentations, and transition planning.

  • Completes required documentation including assessments, progress reports, statistics on service delivery, etc.

  • Keeps abreast of current materials, technology, standards of practice related to providing service to children with vision loss by review of professional literature, attending conferences/workshops and accessing other current sources of information.


    Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of normal and abnormal childhood development including extensive understanding of childhood disabilities.

  • Demonstrated understanding of vision loss in children is an asset.

  • Experience working with children with additional disabilities.

  • Training related to specialized seating and positioning, feeding, adaptive technology and sensory integration is an asset.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to build trusting relationships with children and families.

  • Experience supervising volunteers and support personnel as asset.

  • Ability to utilize computer and software programs.

  • Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations.

  • Good organization and time management skills.


    Experience and Education

  • Occupational Therapy Degree or undergraduate in Early Childhood Education with a post-graduate in Resource Teaching (or recognized equivalency).

  • Knowledge of normal and abnormal early childhood development.

  • Three or more years of experience working with children with vision loss as well as children with additional disabling conditions is an asset.

  • A valid driver's license is required.


    Closing Date for Applications:  November 10, 2017

    Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line

    Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

    CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

    To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

    We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.