[acb-hsp] [Jobs] 8 month course on supporting the independent living needs ofolder adults with vision loss in Seattle
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Thu Apr 15 18:30:05 GMT 2010
Supporting the Independent Living of Older Adults
with Vision Loss
The Center for Technology and Disability Studies is pleased to
offer an Q. This course prepares individuals to provide training
to older individuals with vision loss so they can continue to
live independently in their homes and communities. It is
targeted toward individuals who seek to work in the field as
Independent Living (IL) consultants. The Independent Living
program provides assessment to determine client needs, training
in adaptive skills for communication, daily living and home
management, information and referral, and adaptive devices.
Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to
contract with the Department of Services for the Blind to provide
IL services in the State of Washington. The course is funded by
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is free of charge
if the student becomes a service provider. This work is
part-time. Contracts may be $30,000 to $50,000 annually. It is
ideal for individuals who are retired or are otherwise looking
for part time work. A background clearance, proof of insurance,
and applicable business licenses are required before an
individual can provide services. Participants must have the
ability and willingness to travel within assigned territory.
We are seeking students with a background in providing services
to people with vision loss, who have worked with seniors, who
have experience in occupational therapy, or who have related
skills training adults. Preference will be given to individuals
who have a significant visual disability; are over age 55; or
from a minority background. Interested students should complete
the attached form and return it to Kim Canaan. Students who are
considered for acceptance into the course will be invited to
participate in an interview.
In this course, you will learn about:
1. Older adults and vision loss
2. Physical issues related to vision loss in older adults
3. Social issues affecting older persons with vision loss
4. Providing services to older persons with visual loss
Course Structure & Format
This course takes advantage of the American Foundation for the
Blind's eLearning Center on Aging and Visual Impairment. This
web course provides the structure and some of the content for an
8 month learning experience. In addition to the AFB course,
additional online resources and courses will be used. Students
will also participate in monthly face to face or teleconference
meetings with instructors, will engage in online discussions, and
will complete assignments. Finally, students will engage in
structured field experiences including job shadowing.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the
attached application materials and send by email to Kim Canaan
(kimcan at u.washington.edu<mailto:kimcan at u.washington.edu>).
Applications are due by May 1. Interviews will be conducted in
mid-May. Acceptance letters will be sent in early June.
The course will begin in early July. Individuals who are
accepted will need to ensure that they are available to
participate in all course sessions for an 8 month period.
For more information contact:
ILOB Program Coordinator
Email: kimcan at u.washington.edu
Educational Experience (degrees & certificates)
Interest Statement (Why are you interested? Why are you
qualified?) [500 words or less]:
* Please include a writing sample.
* Please include business references
I understand that if accepted I must be available to participate
in a teleconference once per month for 8 months beginning in
June, must be able to complete online coursework throughout that
time period, and must be able to participate in field experiences
I understand that I must have or obtain the applicable business
licenses, and insurance required to work as an IL provider.
I understand that if selected, I will be required to undergo a
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