Assistive Technology Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512507-848700
    • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 25, 2023
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Why a career with Independence First?

When you join Independence First you will be part of a collaborative and passionate team. You will also enjoy lucrative benefits! Independence First was selected as one of Milwaukee Business Journal's Best Places to Work in 2022.

Independence First is looking for awesome people to join our team!

You are just the person to join our growing team if you are...

Passionate About Helping Others

Benefits include:

* 12 sick days, 13 vacation days and an additional 11 paid holidays a year

* Employer paid Dental, Life Insurance (twice annual salary), AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability

* Health Insurance Benefits (partially employer paid, depending on coverage)

* Low-cost Vision Insurance

* Employer-matched 403(b) Retirement Account

* Fitness Center On-site

* Annual Health Risk Assessment

* Annual Flu Shot

* Comprehensive Wellness Program

* Tuition Reimbursement Program


Position: Assistive Technology Specialist

Status: Full Time - Hourly

Reports to: ILS Assistant Program Director

Position Summary: Prepare and present evaluations for assistive technology, adaptive equipment and home and vehicle modifications. Responsible to provide the assigned services and data collection required for the agency activities related to assistive technology and adaptive equipment evaluations, home and vehicle modification evaluations, to enhance the quality of the lives of individuals with disabilities. Will cross-train with the Information and Referral Specialist for the purchase of providing back-up as needed.

Position Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full-Time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends.

Independent Living Services Essential Functions:

  1. Provide consumers the following assistive technology related services: assistive
  2. technology and adaptive equipment evaluations, home and vehicle modification evaluations, training, information and referral, advocacy, funding information and assistance with the appeals process.
  3. Must be able to enter buildings that have stairs, chemical scents (fabric softener, air
  4. fresheners, cleaning products), cigarette smoke, animals, etc. Must be able to maneuver in homes that are not wheelchair accessible.
  5. Promote self-advocacy by teaching individuals how to access services, assert
  6. their rights and obtain funding for the purpose of reaching their adaptive/assistive technology needs.
  7. Provide information, training and referral to the community at large on assistive
  8. technology, adaptive equipment and related resources on a free or fee-for-service basis.
  9. Assist with the coordination of Independence First’s Loan and Demonstration program.
  10. Will attend and participate in the WCILC monthly home modification calls.
  11. Supply AT services on a free or fee-for-service basis to employers, schools, DVR, county
  12. services, long-term care providers, etc. These services include, evaluations, consultations, bids, recommendations and reports.
  13. Complete required documentation in agency database and as required by various funding
  14. sources, including writing timely assessment reports with recommendations for equipment or home modifications that are sent to vendors.

Disability Policy Change Essential Functions:

  1. Participate in individual and systems advocacy activities at public hearings and educating public officials through appropriate means on issues relative to independent living.
  2. Actively participant in agency advocacy team.
  3. Present written or oral testimony on disability issues on pending legislation to legislative bodies on the local, state and federal levels.
  4. Assist consumers with advocacy.
  5. Participate in activities related to Disability Policy Change.

Work Environment

  1. Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with minimal to moderate noise level.
  2. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

As an Independent Living Center, it is required that 51% of Independence First’s staff have a disability. Independence First is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people with disabilities to apply for this position.

Experience and Skills:

Professional Qualifications

Must have a firm belief in consumer control, the independent living philosophy and our agency Vision Statement:


Independence First is for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of our community and Independence First commits itself toward this end.

'Empowerment is part psychological, part social, and part political. It is the process by which individuals define their own problems, find their own voice, develop their own plans, act on their own behalf, and claim their own power.'

'Empowerment means more than having responsibility, but also having the authority and ability to make one's own choices.'

  1. Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation counseling, or related field or equivalent life experience may be substituted in lieu of, in full or part of academic requirements.
  2. Certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is preferred.
  3. Must have extensive knowledge of assistive technology and adaptive equipment.
  4. Excellent computer skills including MS Word 2010 or above, EXCEL, and are familiar with Macintosh products.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, excellent organizational skills.
  6. Critical thinking skills.
  7. Must be able to successfully interact with a variety of individuals.
  8. Knowledge of federal, state and community services and funding resources related to technology.
  9. Knowledge of disability rights legislation including the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, etc.
  10. Able to arrange own transportation.
  11. Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
  12. Must be willing to pursue related certifications and educational opportunities when requested.