Assistive Technology Specialist, Disability Services Program
The Assistive Technology Specialist works directly with students who have disabilities (physical, learning, mental health, etc.) especially print/reading disabilities -- and who use, or want to learn more about assistive technology (AT), such as computer screen readers, dictation software, alternate format texts, classroom aids and other technology solutions. In addition to direct student contact, this position collaborates with faculty and staff, and departments such as the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), the Instructional Design team in the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and Information Technology (IT). Responsibilities also include, reviewing documentation and requests for accommodations and rendering opinions on appropriate accommodations especially when related to AT requests. The AT specialist will also assist in outreach to potential and current students and their families about the disability accommodation process and provide guidance on the appropriate use of accommodations. This position reports to the director of the Disability Services Program (DSP) and will serve as an interactive member of the DSP team, including assisting with other department responsibilities and tasks as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Assistive Technology, Computer Information Science, Instructional Technology, Rehabilitation Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Special Education, or related field(s).
- One year of experience working with assistive technology/adaptive technology -- including but not limited to, screen readers (i.e. Kurzweil, JAWS), Dragon Naturally Speaking, Smart Pens, etc. -- knowledge of computer hardware and software used by students with disabilities. Ability to configure computers for support of assistive software, and problem solving software and hardware conflicts.
- Ability to teach/train others (students, staff/faculty) on how to use assistive technology; also knowledge of outside resources and how to access them, i.e. library and e-book sharing systems. Working with publishers to procure textbooks digitally.
- Certification in the area of Assistive Technology, such as RESNA Certification of Assistive Technology Practitione.
- Willingness to increase AT knowledge/skills through additional training and/or research.
- One or more years working in a postsecondary setting with students with disabilities. Willingness to increase knowledge of disability issues germane to college students.
- Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing the provision of services to persons with disabilities including the ADA and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Knowledge of Clockwork, the Accessibility Checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro and Banner.
- The ability to creatively problem solve by applying technology solutions (other than Information and Communication Technology ICT) to best meet student accommodation needs.
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