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Vision Forward Association offers a variety of rewarding employment opportunities. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in the workplace.  Vision Forward is recognized as the premier agency serving people of all ages with vision loss in Southeastern Wisconsin.   We empower, educate and enhance the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions.  Our vision is that all individuals with vision loss have reached their full potential to lead active and independent lives.

Vision Forward has two career opportunities open at this time; we are seeking an Assistive Technology Assistant Intern and an Early Learning Special Education Teacher.

Part-time Assistive Technology Assistant Intern 

Vision Forward, a cutting edge non-profit organization, has been awarded a grant from the Public Service Commission to hire a person who is visually impaired as a part-time Assistive Technology Assistant Intern.

Responsibilities to Fulfilling the Vision Forward Mission:

  • Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent, and family-friendly environment.

Core Functions:

  • Provide individual and group training on various smart phone and tablets including; iPhone, iPad, Android smart phones, and Android tablets.
  • Provide training for third party accessible applications such as; Seeing AI, GPS solutions, and ride sharing options.
  • Creates individualized training programs appropriate for each client’s skills & needs.
  • Performs software set up & program installations and updates of smart phones and tablets.
  • Follows an appropriate training curriculum, customized to the individual’s needs, strengths & challenges
  • Actively participates & works in collaboration with the members of a multidisciplinary team that also includes occupational therapy, social work, orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation teaching and optometry.

Pay and Benefits:

  • $12.00 – $15.00 per hour
  • Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Closed but not paid for.
  • Part-time flexible schedule.

The perfect Candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Past teaching or training background a plus.
  • Familiar with vision accessibility options for both iPhone and Android including; VoiceOver, Zoom, Android Accessibility Suite (Talkback), and magnification.
  • Competent with built-in applications such as; text messaging, phone, email, web browsing, calendar, reminders, and app store.
  • Previous experience working with cross cultural environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Desire to learn new skills and to feedback.
  • Comply with confidentiality policy.

Early Learning Special Education Teacher

Responsibilities to fulfilling the Vision Forward mission:

  • Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent and family-friendly environment.

Core functions:

  • Acts as a lead teacher in Vision Forward’s preschool classroom, serving children with visual impairments and other disabilities.
  • Ensures appropriate overall curriculum and classroom environment is in alignment with Wisconsin’s Model Early Learning Standards and Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • In collaboration with the team, creates and implements weekly lesion plans in accordance with Wisconsin’s Model Early Learning Standards and Expanded Core Curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices.
  • With the guidance of a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, identifies opportunities to incorporate foundational vision, compensatory, orientation and mobility development.
  • Maintains ongoing contact with families, physicians and other team members to ensure a cohesive approach and engagement from all critical stakeholders.

Pay and benefits:

  • $55,000-$58,000 per year
  • Paid time off – 2 weeks after 1 year, 3 weeks after 2 years and 4 weeks after 5 years.
  • Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401K

The perfect candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education with a certification in Early Childhood/Exceptional Education or specialization as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired.
  • Registry level 14 or ability to obtain.
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Minimum of three years working with children developing and carrying out appropriate programming.
  • Previous experience working with cross cultural environments.
  • Comply with confidentiality policy.