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Date:  January 21, 2013
Job Title:  Specialist, Intervention
Term & Location: We have openings for casual, contract and permanent positions available across multiple locations.
Toronto – 2 full-time permanent and numerous casual positions
Ottawa, Kingston – numerous casual positions
Chatham, London, Waterloo – numerous contract positions
Hamilton, Niagara, Brantford – numerous contract positions
In covering a broad range of duties and responsibilities include acting as a communicator and sighted guide to individuals with combined loss of hearing and sight.  The incumbent provides access to information and facilitates the interaction between the individual and their environment.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
• Works with the Manager/Coordinator Deafblind Services, to effectively meet the needs of the individual.
• Supports the acquisition of alternative communication skills such as Two Hand Manual, American Sign Language, langue des signes Québécoise (Ottawa and Kingston locations only) , Finger spelling, Braille
• Provides one-to-one service and support to individuals who are deafblind in the home or in the community provides access to information for individuals to make an informed decision, and to act as interpreter, and sighted guide.
• Assists individuals with tasks as required, i.e. phone calls, grocery shopping, medical appointments, etc.
• Perform administrative duties such as reports upon request and service tracking.
• Assists individuals in the acquisition and use of assistive devices
• Assists in public awareness education and in service training
• Assists in accessing CNIB services as well as community services
• Assist individuals with the use of technical devices
• Assist in accessing information from newspapers, television and radio in their preferred method of communication
• Facilitate the communication between individuals and their environment.
• Provide intervention services at CNIB retreats (i.e., workshops, retreats, CNIB camps)
• Work as part of a multi disciplinary team.
• Assist client in pursuing community based recreation, education, vocation, social and self-advocacy
• Assist client in achieving goals, determined by client, and recording information in an IPP
• Support client in Literacy and learning opportunities
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
• A diploma or degree in intervention for deafblind individuals or related work experience in the field of deaf blindness is an asset.
• Demonstrated knowledge or understanding in alternate formats of communications i.e. Two Hand Manual, American Sign Language, langue des signes Québécoise (Ottawa and Kingston locations only), Fingerspelling, and a willingness to learn Braille.
• Good command of relevant computer applications
• Demonstrated understanding of theories and principles of intervention.
• Knowledgeable about deafblindness and common associated health related concerns in all life stages (children to seniors)
• Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills.
• Well organized with the ability to time manage and set priorities.
• Demonstrated good customer service with a supportive attitude.
• Self directed, organized, and attention to detail
• Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment
• Mature and professional attitude
• Adheres to the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct set forth by the Deafblind Services Program
• Most service is provided in individual homes and/or community, with some tasks run out of the CNIB centers.
• Must be available to travel to individual’s home and to their appointments.
• Ability to work flexible hours.
Salary Range:  For Toronto positions: as per Collective Bargaining Agreement. For all other positions: commensurate with experience.
Closing Date for Applications: February 21, 2013
Please Send The Application To: for Toronto for Ottawa and Kingston for Chatham, London and Waterloo for Hamilton, Niagara and Brantford
Please quote the job title in the subject line.
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position. Although we thank you for your interest, we would appreciate no phone calls please.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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