The work requires knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of blind and vision rehabilitation and the use of assessments, therapies, and technologies to improve the independent function, quality of life and adjustment for Veterans who are blind or visually impaired. BRSs evaluate Veterans by interviews, tests, and measurements and use findings solely and/or as a part of an interdisciplinary team to develop/implement blind and vision rehabilitation programs for individual Veterans. A Blind Rehabilitation Specialist functions independently in a number of settings including 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. Blind Rehabilitation Specialist possesses professional knowledge of, and skill in applying concepts, principles, and practices of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation to include assessment, planning, treatment and follow-up in an interdisciplinary team environment. Duties will vary based on available positions in the Blind Rehabilitation Services. Possible area of work related to this announcement are: Computer Access Training Living Skills Low Vision Therapy Manual Skills Orientation and Mobility Vision Rehabilitation Therapy GS9 Level Specialist are responsible for intake, assessment, planning for rehabilitation, intervention, and follow-up in the content specialties. GS11 Level Specialist serve as a consultant to blind/low vision rehabilitation and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating Veterans in the specialty area; serving as a mentor and internship supervisor to students who are completing supervised practice; also, provides in-service and clinical training programs. Work Schedule: 7:30am-4pm (Hours may vary with facility needs.) Position Title/Functional Statement #:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist/VA Handbook 5005/109, PART II, Appendix G41 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not require.
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