Disability Consultant

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Author ahnationtalk
Date November 10, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $38.19 to $44.96 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 8507
Apply By : 11/17/2017
Position Title : Disability Consultant
Department : Accessible Learning Centre
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Associate Director, Accessible Learning
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Disability Consultant.

Reporting to the Associate Director Accessible Learning, the Disability Consultant is responsible for the delivery of services that support and enhance the educational experience of students with disabilities (e.g. physical, psychological/psychiatric, learning, medical or sensory). This position will ensure that requests for academic accommodations are vetted and appropriately assessed.

Ensuring provision of academic accommodations the Disability Consultant will: provide assessment and individualized planning; act as a liaison with faculty, staff and students in an effort to support the implementation of the accommodation plan; review and evaluate the plan to determine effectiveness of the accommodations; facilitate any needed changes; collaborate with on and off campus supports for seamless response to support needs; and identify new supports and mechanisms that support a student driven model. The incumbent will, from time to time, create and provide presentations on issues of relevance to students with disabilities and the university community. The incumbent will work in collaboration with other services and staff within the Accessible Learning Centre to ensure timely access to identified supports.

The incumbent will also be involved in the development and implementation of university outreach programs, particularly in the education of faculty, staff and students. The incumbent will work closely with both on-campus and community resources and professionals in offering the best possible service to students.

Accountabilities :

  • Initiates the intake process for new student referrals; reviews and assess all professional documentation to determine eligibility for academic accommodation; for students who suspect they have a disability, will administer, score and interpret intake screening tools.
  • Participates in transitional programming (offered May to August) for all incoming first year students seeking accommodation support; ensures connections are established with key supports on campus and with academic advisors.
  • Consults with prospective students, their parents and teachers/counselors for effective creation of accommodation plans;
  • Conducts an assessment of disability barriers and reviews supporting documentation to determine appropriate accommodations; engages students and collateral supports in the development of the accommodation plan; submit initial file for sign off by the Associate Director;
  • Maintains files for each student registered that contains current documentation, consent forms, case notes, and e-mail communication that supports the implementation of the accommodation plan;
  • Discusses and interprets assessments with psychologists, medical practitioners and students as needed to determine most appropriate accommodations;
  • Makes recommendations as necessary for medical or psycho-educational assessments; administering screening tests when Learning Disability and/or ADHD is suspected.
  • Facilitates appropriate referrals to professionals for assessment and potential diagnosis;
  • Determines appropriate temporary accommodations until full assessment process is complete;
  • Evaluates outcomes of accommodation plans and facilitates changes as needed via student update and review meetings;
  • Consults with Faculty and administration to ensure accommodations do not comprise the integrity of essential course requirements and to provide essential updates as needed;
  • Supports the Faculty of Social Work student intern; participates in the supervision and evaluation of the intern;
  • Participates as needed on relevant faculty petition processes, supports students with navigation of the petition process and writes letters of support (if appropriate);
  • Makes recommendations and referrals as needed for assistive technology support, transcription and/or learning strategy support within the Accessible Learning Centre and facilitates access to exam support accommodations
  • Makes referrals as needed to on and off-campus service providers in an effort to ensure seamless support; where necessary, engages in planning processes with collateral supports for effective resolution of complex presentations;
      • Implements all affiliated initiatives including bursary applications, exam forms etc;
  • Ensures accommodations are updated in the database;
  • Provides crisis intervention to students when required; assessing need, providing support and linking to appropriate resources; responds to and reports any risk management concerns to the Associate Director, Accessible Learning;
  • Facilitates case conferences as needed to review and discuss student needs and progress.

Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Education or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities within a post-secondary environment (minimum 2 years).
  • Demonstrated understanding of educational strategies and methodology in creating and implementing programs and workshops for students faculty and staff (minimum 2 years).
  • Experience working with students with disabilities in a post-secondary environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of disability issues (Learning Disabilities/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mental Health First Aide, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills), relevant government legislation (Human Rights, A.O.D.A.) and community resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret standardized cognitive and achievement measures as well as other test and assessment measures (e.g. WAISS-lll and WJ-R, DSM-5).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage crucial conversations with developed conflict management skills.
  • Demonstrated crisis intervention and management skills.
  • Proven high level of communication, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills.
  • Effective team skills and ability to work independently.
  • Working knowledge of computer software programs including Microsoft Office MS Access and specialized hardware designed for students with disabilities.

Grade : WLUSA-10
Salary : $38.19 to $44.96
Salary Notes :

This position is not eligible for education equivalencies.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at diversity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.

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