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Description of Position: Full-Time Driver Rehabilitation Specialist at the Evaluation and Developmental Center (EDC). The primary function of the position is to provide clinical and on-the-road driving evaluations and training to assist individuals with disabilities to become capable drivers. The position also provides consultative services regarding adaptive equipment as required for an individual with a disability as needed. This position is responsible for caseload management, driver evaluation and training for approximately 40 to 50 individuals participating in the program.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
Clinical assessment and skilled observation of each client's driving skills to determine their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after having a wide variety of congenital and/or acquired disabling conditions or cognitive/physical changes due to the aging process.
Provide multiple part testing/assessment of each client's visual, perceptual, motor (range of motion), reaction time, rules of the road knowledge/retention skills, along with behind-the-wheel ability in one of four (4) appropriately adapted vehicles. Complete comprehensive written report with adaptive equipment prescription.
Provide on-the-road driver rehabilitation instruction to clients with disabilities, complete weekly anecdotal and monthly statuses report documentation.
Provide multi-faceted teaching/coaching techniques provided in classroom, driver simulation & video/CD/DVD instruction to assist all clients with disabilities to prepare for Illinois Driver's Permit Exam (written and vision).
Utilize significant medical knowledge regarding each client's disabling condition and its effect on the overall driving task (physical and cognitive), provide verbal and written communication to consumers while showing compassion and patience.
Provide consultative services with referral sources, in house case managers, adaptive equipment modifiers and family members with adaptive equipment prescriptions/vehicle selection.
Provide specialized driver rehabilitation services for school districts, agencies, and other referral sources needed service delivery for students unable to receive conventional driver education training due to disabling condition(s).
Provide case management (coaching/teaching/counseling) to all clients including: phone, email, written documentation to IL DRS counselors regarding status, appointment scheduling, billing, as well as possible service termination due to safety concerns and/or lack of progress towards a driver's license goal.
Work cooperatively with driver's license examiners to ensure appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities while taking written and on-the-road examinations.
Work with medical professionals and state agency personnel to ensure that all state laws and regulations regarding drivers training and licensure are met.
Maintain agency data base and program statistics on a monthly and quarterly basis for meeting all required grant requirements as well as documentation needed for effective agency operations.
Ensure scheduling of fleet service maintenance, repairs, and safely requirements to ensure safety of vehicles and clients.
Supervise graduate assistants, student workers and/or other students seeking applied driver rehabilitation training and/or research opportunities.
Marketing and promoting the Driver Rehabilitation Program to increase outside pay-for-service clientele. This includes communicating with, as well as securing contracts to provide consulting services with various agencies in Illinois and surrounding states.
Provide physical assistance with client transfers into and from the driver's seat and back into their wheelchairs.
Provide installation and proper adjustment of adaptive driving equipment per individual client's needs.
Provide training to all EDC facility staff and students for safe operation of vehicles with wheelchair lifts and other adaptive equipment.
Ensure on-going compliance with all rules and regulations required for safe driver rehabilitation services.
Provide presentations to allied health organizations, community agencies, school districts and driver education associations regarding EDC's Driver Rehabilitation Program, including attending local, state and national conferences for continuing education and improved service delivery.
Complete other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum requirements: Four year undergraduate degree or higher in Drivers Rehabilitation OR four year undergraduate degree or higher in a related field such as Social Work, Vocational Rehabilitation, Health/Physical Education, or Counseling, plus a minor in Traffic Safety or a Driver and Traffic Safety Endorsement. A valid driver's license is required.
This position is security sensitive. Prior to an offer of employment, a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check, will be required.
Effective Date of Employment: As soon as possible.
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