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VISIONS is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of VRC COMS. Come join this exciting opportunity to launch NY State First Residential Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) work with visually impaired individuals to reestablish or develop independent travel skills. This is done through both assisting the individual to utilize sensory information to establish their position in the environment (orientation) and through the teaching of techniques for traveling safely from one point to another (mobility). O&M specialists are knowledgeable in methods of working with visually impaired individuals of all ages.
The COMS completes diagnostic assessments to determine the individual’s current ability to travel independently and to assist in the development of realistic goals that will serve as the focus of lessons. The instructor creates individualized treatment plans that are structured according to the individual’s interests, needs and abilities. This includes prescription of adaptive equipment that will be needed by the individual to reach their established goals. COMS work with individuals of all ages.
Training is provided at the VCB campus and in appropriate community settings as determined by the student’s needs. Lessons may include orientation and travel within the campus, travel within the building, sidewalk travel, street crossing skills, and travel on public transportation. Lessons will incorporate the use of adaptive equipment (such as a long cane and/or support cane) and the use of residual vision as appropriate. The COMS may also perform sun lens evaluations as well as assist the student in learning to utilize distance low vision aids when traveling.
Monitoring students’ safety and progress and evaluating travel environments are also essential components of the COMS’ job responsibilities. COMS will demonstrate skills for establishing appropriate physical distances and maintaining a level of awareness for skill development, student safety, and the promotion of independence in student’s travel environments.
Under the supervision of the VRC Director the COMS provide rehabilitation services to enhance the independence of people who are visually impaired or blind. COMS teach students to travel with proficiency, safety, and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments. Orientation and Mobility instruction allows students to meet their travel goals as established on their Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) and during the assessment. COMS also produce paperwork in accordance with the requirements of the NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) and/or other funders; perform assessments of student needs; prepare and implement a teaching plan for NYSCB/other state commission sponsored, grant sponsored and non-sponsored students.
COMS work in the context of a multi-disciplinary team. This includes the sharing of information with other staff members involved with students and making referrals to other disciplines as required. The COMS will consult with a Rehabilitation Department Occupational Therapist to provide optimal instruction to individuals with additional disabilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.
Provide rehabilitation instruction to include:
COMS must have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Blind Rehabilitation and be ACVREP certified in Orientation and Mobility.
Experience working with transition age youth is highly desirable.
COMS are required to have computer/word processing skills or acceptable alternative to completing reports and case notes.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
This full-time exempt position is located at the VISIONS Center on Blindness campus, 111 Summit Park Road, Spring Valley NY, 10977. Scheduled evening and weekend hours may be required.
VISIONS is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency incorporated in 1926. VISIONS provides service for blind and visually impaired people of all ages and their families in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.
VISIONS is an equal opportunity employer.
VISIONS Employees should report any equipment malfunction, repair needs or any broken items immediately.At no time should there be any attempt to fix any item without written authorization and inclusion in the job description.
Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements and resume to:
Ruben P. Coellar, Chief Program Officer