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Assistive Technologist (Part-time Contract)

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Friday, July 20, 2012


Assistive Technologist (Part-time Contract)

Centre for Students with Disabilities, Student and Community Engagement Division

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to our mission to educate students.  We are committed to education that places strong emphasison global citizenship, social justice and equity.  We live this value through the strength and richness that diversity brings to our workforce and welcome contributors from equity groups including:  Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons.

Classification:               Support, Part-time (Contract up to 24 Hours; until May 31st, 2013)  

Salary Range:               PE-609 Hourly Rate starts with $23.37

Location:                      Ashtonbee and Centre for Creative Communications

Hours per week:            24

Current Shift Schedule: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

Position Summary:

The Assistive Technologist (AT) collaborates with the Disability Counsellors in the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) to determine how best to provide students with disabilities the technology (hardware and software) that will help ensure success in their program of study.  The technologist works with students to determine their specific needs and develops a plan for implementation and training.


  • Instructing and practising one-to-one and small groups of students who require similar learning strategies and assistive technologies tailored to the strengths and the specific effect of students with disabilities
  • Participating in ongoing research into new technologies, devices, software, hardware and learning strategies, remaining up-to-date on new developments in the field to assist students with disabilities in their learning and self-monitoring; developing new activities, interventions and learning strategies approaches using initiative and creativity, to meet individual student needs
  • Instructing students in the use of software in the context of academic studies including but not limited to:  Kurzweil 3000 (text to speech); TextHelp (text to speech and writing assist); Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text); organizational software such as Inspiration
  • Installation and trouble shooting of assistive software/hardware
  • Training and overseeing student tutors, computer lab assistants, co-op students placement and others so that they can assist in demonstrating equipment and programs, help trouble-shoot and otherwise provide knowledgeable and timely help for students with disabilities who are using assistive technology
  • Collaborating with CSD staff to implement learning strategies and assistive technology recommended by students' psycho-educational assessments  


  • A post secondary diploma or degree in computer technology or equivalent experience
  • Certificate in a field of study related to disabilities i.e.: Assistive Tech Certificate, Developmental Assistant, or education in psychology or a field related to understanding adults with learning disabilities would be highly desirable as an additional qualification
  • Three years practical experience in a technology setting with trouble shooting, quality testing and enhancing and maintaining software, hardware and technology
  • Proven ability to support and train individuals in the use of particular software and hardware
  • Excellent research skills for investigating assistive technologies
  • Knowledge and a thorough understanding of learning disabilities, disability accommodation and human rights legislation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including sensitivity, patience and an ability to respond effectively to meet the individual needs of a wide range of students
  • Superior organizational and time-management skills
  • Proven ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to work independently and inter-dependently as part of a multi-disciplinary team setting to provide services to students with disabilities

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"Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer." 

When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and should be submitted electronically by July 20, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.  Please quote Competition #12-S-23. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We regret we cannot accept phone calls.  We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

COMPETITION #12-S-23                                               POSTING DATE:   June 20, 2012

                                                                                    EXPIRY DATE:      July  20, 2012