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Blindness Skills Instructor Job Posting, Victoria BC

Contract Job Posting

Blindness Skills Instructor

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

817a Fort St

Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6



Independent Contractor Position

Blindness Skills Instructor

Location: Victoria, BC

Reports To: Program Coordinator

Dates of Contract: January 9, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Hours: up to 12 per week (number of days and hours are somewhat flexible).

Hourly Rate: $20


We are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching, excited by new challenges, and interested in working as part of a small, energetic, grassroots organization.


Services to Be Performed:

  1. Provide individualized and group instruction to blind  adults in all areas of the alternative techniques of blindness, such as Braille, talking computers, travel with the long white cane, cooking, home management, job readiness etc.
  2. Work / train part of the time under sleepshades / learning shades, if not totally blind, and use a long white cane at all times during the program.

(guide dogs are of course welcome to be at the centre, but the expectation is that the individual will use a long white cane when actually teaching.

  1. Help students become independent by adopting the structured discovery / problem-solving method of teaching used at the centre.
  2. Help to plan programs and program activities.
  3. Provide community outreach and help to identify the needs of blind individuals; Propose ways to meet these needs. Assist in the recruitment of new students.
  4. Provide services as part of a multidisciplinary team through group and one-on-one lessons.
  5. Link clients with formal and informal resources, and help individuals develop their skills and ability to use their own resources and those of their community to solve problems and find solutions.
  6. Support the Program Coordinator and other staff in the management of client files and demographic reports.
  7. Assist in the submission, writing and compilation of student reports to ensure student requirements are being met.



  1. Candidate must be legally blind.
  2. Strong belief in and understanding of the structured discovery model of blindness skills training taught at the centre, and the centre’s positive approach to blindness.
  3. A degree or diploma in a Human Services, Social Work, or Community Social Services, or experience in a relevant field of knowledge with blindness experience preferred. Previous training at a structured discovery blindness centre an asset.
  4. Experience in teaching adults and an understanding of the unique needs of adult learners.
  5. Working knowledge of Braille, adaptive speech and Braille technology, travel with the long white cane, and other aspects of blindness skills.
  6. Experience working with people who have various disabilities in conjunction with blindness such as physical challenges, learning disabilities, brain injuries and mental health issues.
  7. Must be detail oriented and possess effective organizational and research skills.
  8. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Have experience in developing and organizing lesson plans.
  10. Possess the ability to work with a variety of people in a diverse range of situations.
  11. A willingness to be flexible.
  12. A willingness to help out occasionally during extra activities such as conventions and recreational activities.
  13. Punctual, reliable and dependable. Work requires high degree of emotional intelligence and intuitiveness.



Please email a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director, at no later than December 15, 2017.

For more information about the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, please visit our Website at or contact us 250-580-4910




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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop, Victoria BC from September 5 through 8, 2017

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind announces two important initiatives .

Please help us spread the word.


Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop


Date: Tuesday September 5 – Friday September 8 2017

Time: Tuesday and Wednesday – 10:00 – 4:00, Thursday and Friday 3:00 – 7:00

Location: Victoria Disability Resource Centre 817a Fort St.


This four day free workshop is for individuals interested in becoming an instructor for the PTCB.  We are looking for blind or partially sighted adults who have independent blindness skills in at least two of the following areas: Braille, travelling with a white cane, accessing technology through a screen reader and independent life skills.


The workshop will include:


  1. The Foundation: including founding principles of the PTCB, its philosophy and code of ethics
  2. Training Basics: including the structured discovery model, use of sleep shades, peer trainers, the long white cane and problem solving.
  3. Assessment and Goal Setting
  4. Lesson Planning
  5. Specific Training Techniques and Tools
  6. PTCB Policy and Best Practices


The workshop will include discussions, demonstrations, hands on exercises and assignments.  Participants will be expected to attend all Train the Trainer sessions and will be evaluated throughout the week.


For more information please call: 250-580-4910 or email:  or


Please complete the following application form, if you would like to participate in the workshop.




PTCB Train the Trainer Workshop Application Form




Phone number:




Amount of vision (if any):


Number of years you have been living with vision loss:


Describe your independent blindness skills in the following areas.



Travel with the white cane:


Assistive Technology:


Life skills such as cooking:


Describe an incident where you helped another person with vision loss learn

how to do something:


Describe why you wish to take the Train the Trainer Workshop:


Return your completed form to Linda Bartram at No later than Friday August 18 2017.



The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) is expanding its Blind People in Charge Adult program to include students from outside of Victoria.


Staff at the centre will work with an out-of-town student to find appropriate and viable housing options for these students such as billeting, homestay or other affordable accommodation while they are training.


Students will be expected to attend the training centre three-days-a-week. A firm commitment to training is expected.


If practical, and the student doesn’t live too far away, students can also travel to Victoria each week for training and return home later in the week.


Through its Blind People in Charge Program, the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind teaches blindness / independence skills including Braille, travel with the long white cane, talking and Braille adaptive technology, cooking, cleaning, sewing, job readiness, organizational skills, financial management and other lifeskills. The PTCB uses a positive and empowering method of teaching that encourages students to problem solve and take charge of their own lives. All instructors and mentors at the centre are blind.


If you wish to learn more, or register, please contact us.


Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

Phone 250-580-4910

817a Fort St

Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6

Blind people empowering blind people to be employed, independent and free.


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Accessibility Working Group Survey, City of Victoria

Greetings from the City of Victoria,

The Accessibility Working Group (AWG), a City Council working group, was brought together to consider the needs of persons with a diverse range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical, sensory, developmental, learning and mental health challenges. The AWG aims to recommend solutions which best meet the “wants” of all without compromising the “needs” of any.

If you are a person with a disability, and live in or visit the City of Victoria, you are invited to complete the following survey:

Accessibility Working Group Survey, City of Victoria.

The aim of the survey is to determine the accessibility barriers persons with disabilities face when travelling, shopping, working, living, and playing in Victoria. The AWG recognizes that accessibility challenges do not stop at municipal boundaries, but for the purposes of this survey, the AWG would like to hear about your experiences within the City of Victoria.

If you are unable to complete the survey yourself, you may have someone assist you. If you are assisting an individual with a disability to complete this survey, please indicate the answers of the person you are assisting.

Privacy Information and Considerations:
Please do not provide your name and address or any other personal information that identifies yourself or other individuals. Personal information that is submitted will be treated as though the City has received your consent to disclose it to the Mayor and Council, appropriate staff and the public. If you require further information about this survey, please contact

Information about the Accessibility Working Group can be found on the City website here.

Brad Dellebuur
Manager, Transportation
Engineering and Public Works
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC V8W 1P6

T 250.361.0325 F 250.361.0311