[nfbwatlk] Job Posting, Cane Travel Instructor Vancouver Island

Elizabeth Lalonde elizabeth.lalonde at shaw.ca
Mon Jan 6 04:28:45 UTC 2014

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is seeking a Structured-Discovery Blindness Skills and Travel Instructor 


Type of Job: Part Time Contract

Job Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada 
Pay: $28,000 Canadian.

Start Date: ASAP 

Note, the job's time structure is flexible. The position can be structured to fit the individual. For example, the person could stay for the duration of the program and work three days a week, or the person could travel to Vancouver Island periodically and work for larger chunks of time. The arrangement will depend on the person's current situation.


        We are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching,
excited by new challenges, and interested in working as part of a small, energetic, grassroots organization.


The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is a Canadian grassroots nonprofit service organization founded and run by blind people. Started in 2011, the centre provides services and programs based on a positive and empowering no-limits philosophy of blindness.


Project leaders instill a belief in blind people's own capabilities and in the limitless possibilities open to them and adopt a non-custodial approach (i.e. it is not about sighted people doing things for the blind; it is about blind people doing things for themselves, and it is about blind teachers working with blind students to increase skills and confidence).


Blind People In Charge Program: Introduction to Independence 

This community-based program provides weekly group classes to blind people in a local area. Classes include learning the basics in Braille, travel skills, computer technology, cooking and most importantly a positive perspective on blindness. The Blind People In Charge Program is a building-block program as the centre works to develop a full-fledged intensive structured discovery centre, which will be the first of its kind in Canada. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work three-days a week and travel regularly between two Vancouver Island communities - Victoria, BC and Nanaimo, BC.

2. Provide individualized and group instruction to blind  adults in all areas of the alternative techniques of blindness using the structured discovery approach, with an emphasis on cane travel instruction.

3. Work directly with rehabilitation professionals, individuals, families, groups and communities, to enhance individual and collective positive blindness philosophy.

4. Provide support to individuals and groups. Offer support and guidance to students throughout their program.

5. Provide instruction to several adult students in a small group format.

6. Work with students on achieving goals of independence such as job placements, self employment plans, community work and recreational and social activities.

7. Develop curriculum to meet the needs of students. Provide skills teaching and testing in measurable formats.

8. Write comprehensive monthly reports on each student describing progress
made and goals to be completed.

9. Participate and assist in all program activities such as fitness,, skiing, and camping, including on some evenings and weekends.

10. Function as part of a team and maintain close communication with the
director and other Facilitators, and actively participate in staff and other

11. Promote the organization's progressive philosophy of blindness and
positive attitudes to students, co-workers and others, and provide support
and guidance to students throughout their program. Actively represent
the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind in public meetings and presentations.

12. Other duties as assigned


1. Applicants must possess a National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC), or possess an acceptable equivalent combination of education and work experience in teaching travel and other alternative techniques of blindness using the structured discovery method.

3. Strong belief in and understanding of the structured discovery model of blindness skills training taught at Federation centres.

4. Demonstrated belief in a positive philosophy of blindness and the unlimited potential of blind people.

5. Working knowledge of Braille, adaptive speech and Braille technology, travel with the long white cane, and other aspects of blindness skills training.

6.       Detail orientated with strong organizational skills. 

7.       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

8. Ability to plan, organize and develop lessons.
Ability to work with a variety of people in a diverse range of situations.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive
Director, at Elizabeth at pacifictrainingcentre.ca

For more information about the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, please visit our Website at www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca or contact us info at pacifictrainingcentre.ca 250-590-9048



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