General Disability Practitioner, Burnaby, British Columbia

Position: General Disability Practitioner, Assistive Technology Services Program
Neil Squire Society,  Burnaby, BC

Neil Squire Society is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization that empowers Canadians
with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and
development, and various employment programs. Headquartered in Burnaby, BC, the Neil
Squire Society is presently hiring for their Assistive Technology Program, a project funded by
Ministry of Social Services.

Our Society operates the Assistive Technology Program on behalf of the Ministry of Social
Services and Poverty Reduction (Province of BC). We provide services as part of the WorkBC
Employment Services program, which includes service delivery to clients located in all
communities in BC either in person, via outreach or virtually. We will deliver employment related
assistive technology and disability support services to British Columbians facing
disability related barriers to achieving or maintaining sustainable employment.

Under the direction of the Program Manager/Assistant Program Manager, the General
Disability Practitioner provides services to clients including Intake, Needs Determination,
Follow-Up. Consultation and Referral Services to outside organizations are provided as well.
Must understand ICM. ICM training will be provided if the successful candidate does not
have it. The successful candidate may need to conduct employment and technology assessments
(for example, under prescribed Ministry forms, such as a DRENA) and must be able to conduct
Specialized Assessments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To determine the appropriate Employment-related Disability Supports for any Client, the
    General Disability Practitioner will conduct assessments of the client’s needs in collaboration
    with the Client (in accordance with all applicable procedures and processes described in the
    Proposal or Annual Business Plan). The assessment will include, but not be limited to, the
    following elements and will need to be completed within 10 business days:

    • relevant existing information on the Client’s File, including relevant historical
    • if the Client is a WorkBC Employment Services Client, information gathered from
      consultations with the WorkBC Employment Services Contractor that referred the
    • any relevant assessment of the Client that the Contractor is able to obtain;
    • any services or supports that are similar to those provided under WorkBC Assistive
      Technology Services that the client has received or is receiving from another
      organization or agency.
    • information about the Client’s current or prospective Employer, if there is such an
      Employer, including contact information;
    • confirmation that the Contractor has considered an Employer’s duty to accommodate
      an employee who is a Person with Disabilities;
    • identification (using a form created and provided by the Province) of the Client’s
      self-described Disability and its impacts, including how the Disability or its impacts
      create a real or potential workplace barrier for the Client;
    • if the Client is employed, the reason that the need for Assistive Technology has
      recently arisen;
    • additional information about the Client’s workplace, the Client’s Disability and its
      impacts and the Client’s Disability-related Employment barrier that the Contractor
      gathers through consultations with the Client’s current or prospective Employer, if
      there is such an Employer, a specialized Assistive Technology assessor, other
      Assistive Technology providers, including WorkBC Employment Services
      Contractors, or other persons or organizations the Client has identified as resources to
      assist with the assessment;
    • the Employment-related Disability Supports identified or requested by the Client;
    • each potential Employment-related Disability Support identified by the Contractor
      for the Client and its approximate cost;
    • the Employment-related Disability Supports chosen by the Contractor for the Client
      and the total actual cost; and
    • a Financial Needs Assessment for the Client.
  • Completely and accurately record on each Client’s File all steps taken pursuant to the above
    duties and all information considered in assessing the Client’s needs, the Client’s
    Employment-related Disability Supports, any Program Participation Supports for the Client
    and the supporting rationale for choosing the Employment-related Disability Supports and
    any Program Participation Supports.
  • Ensure the disability supports are warranted, provide one or more Specialized Assessments
    for the Client based on the Contractor’s assessment of the Client’s Employment-related
    Disability needs.
  • Where warranted and justified by the assessments, enter into:
    • a WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Client Agreement with the Client and with
      the Client’s current or prospective Employer, if there is such an Employer, for the
      Employment-related Disability Supports that the Client is eligible to receive; and
    • a Program Participation Supports Agreement with the Client for any Program
      Participation Supports that the Client is eligible to receive;

Other duties as may be assigned by the Program Manager.

Education, Training, Experience and Other Requirements:

  • Experience in the field of disability, preferably on the employment side
  • A criminal record check must be completed prior to commencing work and may be required each year thereafter
  • All professional credentials must be maintained
  • One of the following designations or other relevant designations is a strong asset:
    • Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP)
    • Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP)
    • CVRP or other relevant Designations
    • Registered Vocational Professional (RVP)
    • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
    • Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CCRC)
    • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • All professional credentials must be maintained
  • Adaptive to ongoing change, flexible, creative and able to deal effectively with transition.
  • Strong administration, computer and technical skills including MS Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Must adhere to project outcomes, objectives and policies of the organization to ensure
  • Must be fully apprised of confidentiality and privacy rules and legislation and not breach
    policies as per our contract (policies will be provided at hiring)

Additional Information:

  • Work Schedule – Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours week
  • Salary Range: Competitive with market
  • Posting Closing Date:  March 15, 2019

Please forward a resume and cover letter indicating General Disability Practitioner to the attention of Director of Hiring Manager.

Email resume to:

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Thank you to all that apply.