The State of Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is recruiting for an Education Consultant for the Blind (Mobility Instruction). The selected candidate would be responsible for providing direct instruction in safe travel techniques to children who are blind; consultation services to school district staff, parents, professionals and paraprofessionals who interact with children on assigned caseloads. This is a full time (35 hours a week/ Monday through Friday) position located in Windsor. Traveling is required.
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Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Rebecca Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8(60) 424-4985.
This position will be filled in accordance with reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
If selected to interview, please bring the following at the time of interview:
- Non State Employee: Three (3) professional references from current or former Supervisor.
- State Employee: Two (2) most recent service ratings at the time of interview.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Board of Education, Services for the Blind, this class is accountable for planning and administering a program of independent travel instruction for blind adults throughout the State.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Plans and administers a program of independent travel instruction for blind adults and such blind children to whom the program may be applicable; supervises and instructs in all techniques of independent travel such as the use of cane and other guide devices; arranges the program to suit individual needs; instructs in safety measures for the protection of individuals; teaches muscular coordination and correct posture and walking; aids the blind in orienting themselves to the community and in areas where they would have occasion to travel; may speak before lay and professional groups; keeps records and submits reports on individuals and the program in general; does related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of the principles and methods of education of the blind and visually handicapped with emphasis on mobility instruction; some knowledge of eye diseases and of the psychological effects of blindness; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to deal effectively with others.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in teaching blind or visually handicapped adults.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in mobility instruction.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training with special courses in the education of the blind may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's Degree in the field of mobility training may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
- Must be knowledgeable in the principles and methods of teaching Orientation and Mobility to students who are blind and visually impaired, including students with multiple impairments.
- Must be Knowledgeable in Orientation and Mobility assessments, individualized instruction, family support, professional consultation and collaboration, and community education.
- Knowledgeable in managing a large caseload of diverse students.
1. Possession of a certificate in Orientation and Mobility from a recognized national, state or professional organization.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.