The Assistive Technology Specialist will provide comprehensive and professional assistive technology services as it relates to augmentative and alternative communication, computer access and environmental control to people with ALS, their families and caregivers.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Responsible for assessing the communication and computer access needs of those diagnosed with ALS in designated territory.
Instruct, educate and train those diagnosed with ALS and other health care professionals as it relates to assistive technology and Chapter services through engagement of weekly assistive technology classes offered at the Chapter offices.
Manage the assistive technology loan closet and ensure accurate tracking of all assistive technology inventory.
Work directly with individuals diagnosed with ALS regarding placement and procurement of assistive technology devices.
Competent in low and high tech assistive technology set-up to also include: computer access, technology applications for communication, environmental control units, and electronic aids for daily living.
Meets with the AT Manager to evaluate the need for updates and improvements to the Assistive Technology Department.
Works with the AT Manager to uphold the program budget and administers the Assistive Technology programs within the budget. Designs new programs to address client/family needs in partnership with the AT Manager.
Instruct, train and provide oversight to the Rockville Assistive Technology Lab.
Alongside the AT Manager, establish partnerships for the AT Clinic and AT Department that will make an impact financially and to help grow the Assistive Technology Program.
Attend quarterly Care Services Staff meetings; participate in monthly Care Services and all-staff conference calls along with weekly AT conference calls.
Assist the chapter in the geographic expansion of the assistive technology program.
Submit monthly program reports to the AT Manager; submit monthly timesheets and expense reports in a timely manner when requested.
Provide assistive technology support and services to people living with ALS in assigned territory through office visits, assistive technology weekly classes, multidisciplinary clinics and home visits, when appropriate.
Maintain inventory of communication devices and other AT equipment; label all equipment, track equipment loans to patients and clinicians; keep track of missing parts/ repairs/servicing needed, etc.
Work directly with individuals diagnosed with ALS regarding placement and procurement of assistive technology devices. This may include:
Review assessments and collaboratively work with health care professionals, including SLP and/or Chapter Care Services staff regarding assistive technology services provided for individuals diagnosed and caregivers (update on support, changes in services and information regarding technology applications for communication, computer access, and electronic aids for daily living).
Assistive Technology Lab utilization
Provide guidance about purchase of equipment/devices (both low and high- tech)
Identification of funding sources
Device configuration, delivery, set-up, training and follow-up
Promote collegial working relationship with the Development Department to assure Care Services staff representation at all Walk to Defeat ALS events, Chapter Special Events and speaking opportunities in the community.
Participates in public speaking engagements and professional in-services as stated in the work plan - in partnership with the designated development team member.
Provides Care Services articles for Chapter publications when necessary.
Maintains knowledge of pertinent ALS news and stay current with ALS research information.
Work collaboratively with the AT Manager in maintaining a balanced AT program budget each fiscal year.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Engineering or other assistive technology related field. ATP certification preferred, but not required.
Assistive Technology experience required. Significant computer skills to assist patients with computer access needs.
Ability to work independently with little supervision; must be a self-starter.
Possess knowledge of the speech and assistive technology problems specific to individuals with ALS and knowledge of the types and variety of communication and assistive technology devices available to those served.
Able to handle confidential information/maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Possess knowledge of community resources in augmentative communication/assistive technology and develop relationships with those agencies and individuals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Possess strong program development, implementation, and time management skills.
Must be willing and able to travel 75% of the time throughout assigned territory.
Additional Salary Information: The ALS Association-DC/MD/VA Chapter offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous paid time off.
Internal Number: 2018-001
About The ALS Association- DC/MD/VA Chapter
The ALS Association- DC/MD/VA Chapter is committed to supporting people with ALS and their loved ones through services and education in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. We leave no stone unturned in search for the cure of this progressive neurodegenerative disease.
The AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students