Position: Assistive Technology - Information and
Status: Full Time, Hourly
Reports to: Independent Living Services Program Manager
Position Summary: Responsible to provide the assigned
services and data collection required for the agency activities
related to assistive technology and adaptive equipment evaluations,
home and vehicle modification evaluations, to enhance the quality of
the lives of individuals with disabilities. Assist in the development
of internal resources to serve targeted groups, including rural
populations, minorities and cross disability groups. Responsible for
information and referral services to consumers, staff and members of
Position Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full-Time
position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to
4:30 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.
Independent Living Services Essential Functions of the
- Provide the following assistive technology related services:
assistive technology and adaptive equipment evaluations, home and
vehicle modification evaluations, training, information and
referral, advocacy, funding information and assistance with the
- Must be able to enter buildings that have stairs, chemical scents
(fabric softener, air fresheners, cleaning products), cigarette
smoke, animals, etc. Must be able to maneuver in homes that are not
- Promote self-advocacy by teaching individuals how to access
services, assert their rights and obtain funding for the purpose of
reaching their assistive technology needs.
- Provide information and training to the community at large on
assistive technology, adaptive equipment and related resources.
- Supply AT services on a fee-for-service basis to employers,
schools, DVR, county services, etc. These services include,
evaluations, consultations, bids, recommendations and reports.
- Provide appropriate and timely information and referral services
to consumers and members of the community on independent living
issues, Independence Firstservices and disability related resources.
- Maintain informational materials related to the issues and needs
of persons with disabilities. Order informational materials when
supplies are low.
- Complete agency required documentation for all activities in
agency database. Complete agency and vendor required documentation,
including documentation related to fee-for-service activities.
VII. Disability Policy Change Essential Functions of
- Participate in individual and systems advocacy activities by
voicing opinion at public hearings and educating public officials
through letter writing or other appropriate means on issues relating
to independent living.
- Participate in the Consumer Advocacy team of choice.
- Present testimony on disability issues by writing, email, and fax,
in person testimony to legislative bodies on the local, state and
federal levels. This includes contacting congresspersons, senators
and giving opinions on pending legislation.
- Assist consumers with their advocacy needs.
- Participate in
Disability Policy Change Events.
- Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with
minimal to moderate noise level.
- The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
The above statements reflect the general details necessary to
describe the principle functions of the occupation described and
shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work
requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.
Experience and Skills:
- Must have a firm belief in consumer control, the independent
living philosophy and our agency Vision Statement:
IndependenceFirst is for full inclusion of persons with
disabilities in every aspect of our community and IndependenceFirst
commits itself toward this end.
'Empowerment is part psychological, part social, and part
political. It is the process by which individuals define their own
problems, find their own voice, develop their own plans, act on
their own behalf, and claim their own power.'
'Empowerment means more than having responsibility, but also
having the authority and ability to make one's own choices.'
- Bachelor's degree in related field or life experience may be
substituted in lieu of, in full or part of academic requirements.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
- Excellent computer skills, knowledge of website applications,
ability to teach basis computer skills to individuals with disabilities.
- Demonstrated positive attitude, reliability, a self-starter who
assumes responsibility when warranted, is conscientious,
professional in manner and hard working.
- Knowledge of federal, state and community services and funding resources.
- Knowledge of disability rights legislation including the ADA,
Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, etc.
- Transportationally mobile or able to arrange own transportation.
- Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
- Must be willing to pursue related certifications when requested.