Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation and Mobility Rehabilitation Specialist)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Internal Number: 613481000
This is an external job announcement. Current permanent employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-11219817-21-AR. The primary purpose of this position is to provide blind and vision rehabilitation services for visually impaired Veterans and Servicemembers. Blind Rehabilitation includes the disciplines of orientation and mobility as a primary role. This position may also support coverage in low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, with limited manual skills instruction and computer access instruction. Preferred Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), in COMS. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist possesses professional knowledge of, and skill in applying concepts, principles, and practices of blind and vision rehabilitation to include assessment, treatment, and follow-up. A Blind Rehabilitation Specialist functions independently in a number of settings. Primarily work is provided to outpatients. However, functions may also include hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, and home environments. The work environment may be in an office, clinical setting, classroom, private home, VA grounds, nursing home, community sites, and hospitals and community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) and recreational areas. This position works in both an inpatient and outpatient setting at the Saginaw VAMC. The Saginaw VAMC is a level 3 complexity facility, serving a wide range of populations and geographic areas. The position may also provide virtual care as appropriate. Individuals, assigned as GS-11 Blind Rehabilitation Specialist, are considered to be at the full performance level. Duties include but are not limited to: The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist provides direct patient care and support services to an adult population of patients. The employee must tailor patient care and support services to meet the needs of the individual patient. This includes the responsibility for assessment of each patient's needs and the delivery of services which are responsive to the concerns of individual patients to the extent possible. This position is responsible for functioning as a full team member of the Blind Rehabilitation team. The team is responsible for the complete vision rehabilitation process of assigned patients. This includes independently evaluating patient needs, counseling, developing an individualized treatment plan, implementing this plan, and recommending prosthetic issuance. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist/Orientation and Mobility instructor is responsible for training persons to independently travel in a safe, efficient, and confident manner, in both familiar and unfamiliar environments. The specialist is responsible for independently assessing the patient's background, interest, future plans, motivation, needs, and capabilities for training. Training focuses on teaching participants to effectively use their remaining senses in combination with protective techniques and assistive devices. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist is responsible for using and maintaining a range of devices and technology (discipline specific) necessary to assist in the veteran's rehabilitation needs and processes such as electronic travel aids, computer assisted technology, speech output and input devices, large print devices and Braille devices. Orientation and Mobility Specialists require an approved certification to perform training related to safe mobility. Computer Assistive Technology training and advanced knowledge are required. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist determines the need for these devices based on type, nature and severity of the problem, and assessments, and instructs the Veteran in the proper use of the device along with its abilities and limitations. Optical devices, prescribed by an eye care specialist, are incorporated into the Blind Rehabilitation Specialist's treatment plan. The specialist is responsible for ensuring proper orientation in conjunction with the blind habilitation team and Visually Impaired Service Team (VIST) for patients participating in the Advanced Low Vision Clinic including hoptel safety and orientation. Work Schedule: 8:00AM to 4:30PM (Monday -Friday) Telework: Not AvailableVirtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation and Mobility Rehabilitation Specialist)/PD91326A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.