Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is currently seeking candidates for an Assistive Technology Specialist. JCDS serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We focus on individuals’ abilities, provide choice driven supports, and advocate alongside people to live and work in our community. We aspire to build a community that promotes, supports, and embraces people of all abilities.
This position will promote the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities in their home/community/workplace through technology, adaptive equipment, or environmental modifications by developing more efficient ways for providers, guardians and families to support individuals in service.
Develops assessment measures to identify the assistive technology needs of individuals with developmental disabilities; interviews individuals, staff, families or other supports to understand needs; researches and recommends appropriate assistive technology; acquires or develops and builds adaptive equipment and environmental modifications based on assessment of needs; customizes new and existing tools to assess vocational skills and daily living skills; and identifies motivation and reinforcement strategies to promote independence and use of assistive technology.
Implements and trains the individual, family and staff on the assistive technology intervention/plan of action, proper use and care for adaptive, assistive devices or environmental modifications; creates written documentation on proper use and care of equipment and ensures completed assessments are in action plans; evaluates the fidelity of assistive technology interventions through observation and feedback of individuals, family members and support staff; and provides ongoing support, adjustment and maintenance of devices and inventory.
Leads advocacy and education efforts for effective technology solutions such as iPad and mobile device applications and smart home technology; shares production and assistive technology strategies among service teams; attends outside training and reviews literature to stay current on best practices and trends on the assessment and application of Assistive Technology; and seeks out partnerships with local and state organizations to increase access to assistive technology information, funding, and equipment.
High school diploma and three (3) years of experience in assistive technology, adaptive equipment, environmental modifications or related experience are required. The Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification is preferred.
Candidate must be able to successfully complete criminal and motor vehicle background screenings, which includes KDADS required screenings and registry checks, and TB test. A valid driver’s license and good driving required are required.