Disability Consultant

About us:

The University of Toronto Scarborough is a place of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Our commitment to inclusive excellence attracts the brightest learners, scholars and employees from around the globe. Our success has been made possible by the opportunity given to us by our Indigenous hosts to operateon their territory, and we cherish our continuing partnerships with these communities. The University of Toronto Scarborough is an excitingcampus with unlimited potential. Join us on our journey.

AccessAbility Services provides and coordinates services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and ensure that all students with disabilities can freely and actively participate in all facets of University life. The department works to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members ofthe University community while building strong student success.

Your opportunity:

Using a holistic approach, you will work with an ethno-culturally and academically diverse student population performing an assessment of students' needs primarily related to learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD with co-morbid conditions, including mental health disabilities; ensuring that appropriate documentation has been received; reviewing and assessing confidential medical/psychological documentation; assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and adapting accommodations based on students' individual disability-related needs; assisting students in self-monitoring the effectiveness of their accommodations and making referrals to internal and external supports as appropriate. In addition, you will facilitate students' knowledge about their disability by addressing the strengths and challenges the disability brings to their academic pursuits and daily life activities; determining if assistive technology would assist students, referring when required; assessing, recommending, and providing appropriate documentation to support the use of funding for disability-related expenses.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Applying the established Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Guidelines on Accessible Education to determine reasonable accommodations
  • Researching and recommending alternative approaches and possible accommodation solutions as part of the duty to accommodate
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for students based on their learning profile and documentation (e.g. reviewing and interpreting psycho-educational assessments, medical documentation)
  • Determining the reasonability of an accommodation in relation to a student's disability
  • Assessing and making recommendations on student funding applications and the appropriate disbursement of funds
  • Screening (for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD) and making referrals to appropriate resources and services
  • Providing case management support to students requiring the coordination of multiple services
  • Counselling students on health issues related to their learning and the effects of their disability, as well as teaching students learning strategies based on their learning profile
     

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degreein Education, Psychology or Counselling and/or a relevant disability related field such as rehabilitation services, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of four years case management experience working with adults with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD
  • Two years of experience developing, implementing and monitoring accommodations for persons with mental health, learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD with co-morbid conditions
  • Three years of experience dealing with persons in emotional distress, crisis or conflict
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing disability related needs and implementing support plans
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting psycho-educational assessments, screening for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD, including a knowledge of diagnostic battery of tests for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring accommodation plans for persons with disabilities and possessing a thorough understanding of disability issue
  • Experience offering study skills strategies one-on-one and/or in workshops
  • Must have an understanding of disability and social equity issues in a post-secondary environment
  • Computer proficiency with the Microsoft Suite (Word; Excel)
  • Excellent reading, oral and written communication skills, as well as sound critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Must be committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the implication ofdisabilities as they relate to students'success at university
  • Demonstrated understanding of the strengths and challenges of youth and adults with learning disabilities and have knowledge of cultural views of disability
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion, problem-solving skills and to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize knowledge and display sound judgement, attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy and ability to respond calmly and efficiently in crisis situations
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Knowledgeable about general academic structure of a University and specific requirements of academic courses and programs
  • Applicants are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion,and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment


Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience with peer and support groups
  • LSLD/ATLD Certificate
  • Registration as certified Psychometrist
  • Supervisory experience of field placement students


To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Adaptable
  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Organized
  • Problem solver


Hours of Work:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday:  10:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday:  8:45 am - 4:45 pm


Notes:

Please note that there are two positions available (Req ID: 1173 and 1299).  Please apply to each posting seperately if you are interested in being considered for both positions.  A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office.

This is a full-time, permanent position.

All interested applicants are to apply online by November 1, 2020:  https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/541851417/