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The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program within CHDD has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist/Continuing Education Specialist. who has excellent experience in the delivery of AT demonstrations, conducting AT evaluations and consultations, and in the development and delivery of intensive hands-on training. A particular focus of this position will be providing services to low-vision and blind individuals through the AT and Independent Living Programs, and deaf-blind individuals through the iCanConnect Washington Program, part of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP). This position will work closely with the WATAP State Project Director, the iCanConnect Services Coordinator for WA State, WATAP AT Specialists, and WATAP Program Coordinator.
Assistive Technology Information and Outreach, Demonstration, Assessment, Evaluation, and Consultation
Conduct and provide hands-on experiences, technical assistance, and consultation with a particular focus on technologies that would benefit low-vision, blind, and deaf-blind individuals to meet telecommunication or independent living needs. Also experience and knowledge on a wide range of assistive technology and accessible electronic and information technology products for individuals of all ages with disabilities in WA state including, but not limited to: simple aids for daily living; Windows, iOS, and Android hardware and software; adaptive switch and computer access; learning, cognition, and mental health supports; seating and positioning systems; augmentative and alternative communication systems; and using creative off-the-shelf every-day objects to create unique AT or adapt and modify existing technology and equipment is preferred.
Conduct AT evaluations and consultations. Assess an individual's functional needs and match technology based on those needs. Provide written documentation to support assessment and make recommendations for technology and modifications.
Provide individualized set-up, training, and support for technologies that would benefit low-vision, blind, and deaf-blind individuals to meet telecommunication and independent living needs.
Conduct and facilitate public outreach events in communities across the state that include presentations, device demonstrations and consultations, and exhibits of other community resources. Targeted groups include individuals with disabilities and their families, disability professionals, educators, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, health care facilities, employers and others in rural and underserved communities including agricultural and tribal communities.
Research, coordinate purchase of assistive technology products, and support the creation of kits to be deployed during the public outreach events and loaned to interested parties in the targeted groups.
Promote the WATAP short-term device lending program, iCanConnect WA, Northwest Access Fund AT Low-Interest Loan and Match Savings programs, and Evergreen Reuse Coalition during outreach events and consultations. Assist in the development of promotional and other marketing efforts for these events.
Assistive Technology Training
Conduct intensive, hands-on half-day to full-day workshop-style trainings for professional audiences across the state.
Emphasis of the trainings will include thinking critically about and incorporating technology into the home, school, and workplace for individuals with disabilities to promote independence and functionality.
Develop and adapt technical content of curriculum to be used in trainings. Targeted professional audiences include disability professionals, educators, public agencies, health care facilities, employers and others in rural and underserved communities including agricultural and tribal communities. Sample topics include: AT for sensory disabilities; AT for learning, cognition, and mental health; school to post-K-12 or work transition planning; AT for computer access, AT for agricultural and farm workers, and Five-minute Off-the-Shelf AT Solutions.
Utilize WATAP device library, traveling computer lab, and kits referenced above during these trainings.
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| Bachelor's degree in a technology or disability-related discipline, such as special education, vocational rehabilitation, low vision specialist, psychology, computer science, or allied health (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology). |
Minimum two years professional experience supporting a variety of assistive technologies and/or accessible electronic and information technologies.
Demonstrated expertise in training, demonstrating assistive technology, and providing information and referral.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
| This position will involve in-state travel, including some overnight, and a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends. |
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