Habilitation Specialist


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Contact Nicola Millar
01423 886451
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Exciting new job role available at Henshaws Specialist College, Harrogate.
Be part of a talented Integrated therapy Service

Henshaws is a northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations.

We believe that, wherever they are, everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. Our support, advice and training enables people and their families build skills, develop confidence, help each other and look forward to a more positive future.

We are looking for a Habilitation Specialist to teach independent travel and life skills

Salary £16.86 per hour/£32,438.64 per annum
Hours 37
Weeks 52
Annual leave 5 weeks plus 10 days bank holidays (pro-rata for term-time/part-time)
Contract Permanent
DBS Enhanced with child & adult barring.

Job Summary
To teach independent travel and life skills to students (age 16-25) with visual impairment and a range of disabilities, including multi-sensory impairment, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Condition and mental health needs.

To promote the use of technology to support learning activities and to develop competence and independence in an educational and community setting.

To plan, implement and review high quality mobility and habilitation training programmes including assessments, orientation and mobility, life skills and communication. To act as an advocate for disabled people at Henshaws, to help promote accessible services; equality; social integration and understanding of the impact of disability.

Key responsibilities

Develop and implement individual habilitation programmes (Mobility and Independent Living Skills) on the basis of needs identified, in agreement with the students and/or, where appropriate, parents and others closely involved, specifying the nature of the services to be provided.

Mobility training may include guiding skills, pre-cane, long cane, orientation (including specialist equipment), wheelchair mobility and route planning techniques.

Promoting the use of functional vision including the use of magnifiers, lighting and other low vision aids.

Ensure appropriate resources and support are in place, to enable the student to achieve their EHCP outcomes. Motivate, engage and encourage the individuals to reach their full potential.

Undertake assessment of the needs of sensory impaired people to identify their needs and aspirations to promote independent living. This assessment may be carried out independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary, specialist team.

The ideal candidate will possess:

Experience of working with visually impaired people in a habilitation setting

Practise in accordance with the National Occupational/Habilitation Standards for Specialist Sensory Workers.
Nationally recognised qualification in habilitation training for children and young people with visual impairment or similar

Closing date Friday 16th July 2021 at 12 Noon

To gain a full understanding of the role please read the job description and person specification available on-line at www.henshaws.org.uk/jobs or contact the HR department on 01423 814510.

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