DRS-Rehab Technology Spec I
State of Mississippi - Mississippi

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This is advanced professional work involving providing assistive technology services for an assigned area of the state. The employee will be responsible for evaluating a client's condition to determine if technology is appropriate, determining what technology would be of the most benefit, instructing both clients and vocational rehabilitation counselors in the proper use of technology. The employee will be evaluating clients for direct technology services including but not limited to home and/or work site modifications; seating, positioning, and mobility; adaptive computer access; augmentative and alternative communication; agricultural accommodation; low vision and blindness accommodation; adaptive auditory accommodation; and adaptive driving, vehicle modifications, and vehicle assessment. These individuals also provide assistive technology service to the agency and the local community.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides assessment, technical assistance, and assistive technology services to clients in a specific geographical area to assist people with disabilities to go to work or live independently.

Locates and utilizes all available resources as needed in the provision of the client's assistive technology services.

Assists with management of fiscal allocations provided by the agency for use in the provision of services.

Maintains comprehensive documentation of all casework activities and ensures the confidentiality of all case information.

Performs administrative duties such as writing evaluation reports and updating clients' files.

Applies the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards to home and work site modifications.

Provides accessibility to existing facilities, homes, etc.

Gathers and maintains resources for technology related issues.

Designs, develops, and fabricates custom rehabilitation technical equipment.

Analyzes jobs and/or job tasks.

Learns and uses computerized (CAD) software.

Maintains a continuous program of public relations in assigned area, including the interpretation and provision of rehabilitation information to the public.

Develops and maintains a close working relationship with rehabilitation professionals, the medical profession, and other allied groups.

Has intermediate knowledge of the basic disability areas, rehabilitation process, ergonomics, resources, current laws, and existing technology.

Knows design and application of enabling technology.

Serves as a team leader for a district-wide technology team.

Learns and applies new or advanced information in the field of adaptive technology.

Prepares specifications and technical drawings.

Sketches or draws new designs or modifications to existing designs of tools, equipment, furnishing, adaptive technology, etc.

Assists with bids and oversees construction to ensure compliance with standards.

Provides technical assistance, consultative services, and training regarding rehabilitation technology.

Develops, maintains, and updates assistive technology lab as needed.

Provides installation and configuration of adaptive technology.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

A Master�s Degree from an accredited college or university in Rehabilitation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering or a related science engineering field;


One (1) years of experience related to the above-described duties.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Rehabilitation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering or a related science engineering field;


Two (2) years of experience related to the described duties, of which one (1) year must have been directly related. Certification as an Assistive Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Practitioner, or Professional Engineer may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

Substitution Statement:
Above graduation from an accredited college or university, related education, and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Collects information and determines appropriate assistive technology services for Mississippians with

2. Maintains communications with federal, state, and community agencies, clients, employers, and other
individuals within the community.

3. Provides technical expertise.

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