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The STAR Center

03/15/2021

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POSITION TITLE:   Orientation and Mobility Specialist

GENERAL FUNCTION:   The primary responsibility of the person in this position is to provide services (orientation and mobility evaluation and training, assistive technology evaluation and training, and low vision evaluation and training) for adults and children who are visually impaired or blind, or who have intellectual disabilities.  These services are typically provided in the individual’s home/community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
            Assessment

·         Assess clients’ individual needs and skill levels in the areas of orientation and independent mobility.

·         Complete Low Vision Assessments or screenings.

·         Assist with client assessment for the use of assistive technology as it relates to vision loss and the individual’s need to be independent (e.g.,                        smartphones, computers, screen magnifiers and readers, CCTVs, magnifiers).

Training and ongoing assessment

·         Train persons who are blind or visually impaired to have confidence in their use of their senses, including functions of the auditory, tactile, olfactory,              and kinesthetic senses.  Additionally, to teach visualization and/or spatial relationships and the use of residual vision, if present.

·         Teach the use of the long cane and sighted guide techniques in both indoor and outdoor environments.

·         Train clients in traveling in residential, business, and rural settings, including the use of public transportation.

·         Assist with training with use of assistive technology as it relates to vision loss and the individual’s need to be independent (e.g., smartphones,                      computers, screen magnifiers and readers, CCTVs, magnifiers).

Reports and documentation

·         Write formal assessment reports, as well as periodic progress reports.

·         Develop and implement programs of instruction to meet client needs.

·         Provide IEP, ISP, and IFSP goals that are measureable and appropriate.

·         Consult with other specialists, or specialists in the medical field to determine a client’s physical, emotional, and mental capabilities and limitations.

·         Keep daily logs of client progress in Track Records, TEIDS, etc.

·         Provide written monthly reports to counselors and other referral/funding sources.

·         Assist counselors and case managers in developing and implementing rehabilitation plans involving orientation and mobility skills and low vision                  techniques. 

Other

·         Coordinate programs with all other aspects of a client’s comprehensive training program.

·         Develop and implement in-service training for rehabilitation staff and the community.

·         Maintain certification through continuing education credits and direct service.

·         Complete any training as it relates to referral and funding sources (e.g., DIDD training through Relias).

·         Aid the department and the clients we serve by delivering, setting up, etc., any low vision equipment or assistive technology as needed.

·         Other duties as may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND REQUIRED TRAINING:        The person occupying this position must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited College or University in Orientation and Mobility.  This person must be certified or eligible for certification in Orientation and Mobility by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).  If uncertified at the time of employment, this person must become certified within 6 months after employment.  Certification for Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS) is preferred, but not required.

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:  In order to appropriately accomplish his/her duties, the person occupying this position must maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of professional colleagues both within the Center and within other agencies, and, particularly, with clients of the Center.  He/She will be expected to participate in the usual range of professional organizations and to serve as a representative of the Center on appropriate committees, task forces, etc.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

DISCLAIMER:  The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of duties to be performed by employees with this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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E_mail: mabel.paschal@star-center.org

Phone: 731-668-3888

Cert: COMS

This position is primarily itinerate in nature and typically provided in-person in the client's home or community.  However, virtual services may be available at the request of the client and the discretion of the professional providing the service.  Orientation and Mobility services are provided throughout the 22 counties of West Tennessee, while Assistive Technology Services are provided to those 22 counties, as well as additional counties in Middle TN.  A reliable, personal vehicle is required and there is reimbursement for mileage traveled.

Funding for the clients served by this position is primarily provided through Vocational Rehabilitation, Tennessee's Early Intervention System, Veteran's Administration, Tennessee Technology Access Program, and school systems.