This position is to provide Blind and Vision Rehabilitation services for Veterans with visual impairments and active duty Service members. Blind and Vision Rehabilitation includes the disciplines of Computer Access Technology, Low Vision Therapy, Manual Skills, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; knowledge of, and skills in applying concepts, principles, and practices of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation to include assessment, planning, treatment, and follow-up. Blind Rehabilitation Specialists serve as developmental staff receiving guidance from more experienced staff members for both routine and complex patients. They may work in several settings including medical centers, 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 Specialists duties consist of but are not limited to the following: Responsible for establishing and carrying out a training program for those veterans assigned to her/him that will enable them to attain their highest visual functioning. Evaluates patient's present visual functioning to provide information to the consultants and staff for planning an effective individualized program. Administers specialized tests. Works directly with the optometrists to ensure that the patient with low vision is receiving the training necessary for him to reach his goals. Instructs patient in the use of low vision aids. Counsels patient as to the advantages and limitations of various aids. Guides practice involving various tasks. Participates in the statistical analysis to determine the basic effectiveness of the program as requested by the supervisor. Prepares and presents lectures and demonstrations on vision aids. Prepares and presents lectures and demonstrations on treatment techniques to clinical trainees, persons on intra-VA details and other professionals. Routine duties include: writing staffing notes and final summary reports on patients; working on weekends and nights, as assigned; coordinating activities and plans with other staff; following up to insure that the prescribed low vision aids for each patient are ordered; dispensing these aids and instructing other training areas where aids could be successfully used. Responsible for serving as the coordinator for veterans assigned to him/her including: serving as a liaison between the veteran and the blind center/medical center, conducting staffing, coordinating reports and paperwork on the veteran, and facilitating the resolution of problems or difficulties in a veteran's program. Responsible for the maintenance and reviewing of daily electronic progress notes. Responsible for the submission of a final summary for every veteran who leaves the Blind Rehabilitation Center. Responsible for ensuring that supplies and equipment are maintained at adequate levels. Responsible for the inventory of all equipment in the LV section. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees and provides or makes provision for appropriate training. Prepares electronic prosthetics requests. Participates in the review and evaluation of proposed therapy programs at the PRBRC. Participates in weekly meetings to formulate the PRBRC master schedule; also, to formulate the Family Training Program schedule, as needed. Prepares reports and professional documents for publication, when indicated. Responsible for a data collection instrument to record observations of veterans utilizing low vision aids. Responsible for other duties as assigned, such as active member in committee(s). Any other duties as assigned. This position is designed to provide important competencies to progress to a more responsible position. Advancement through the developmental level, and ultimately to the full performance level, will be recommended only supervisory determination that the incumbent meets all regulatory and statutory requirements, is satisfactorily progressing Work Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30am - 4:00pm 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.