08/25/2021Return to view all job openings
Position Title: Itinerant Rehabilitation Teacher/Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS)
Status: Non-Exempt (Part-Time)
Reports to: Itinerant Rehabilitation Manager
The Itinerant Rehabilitation Teacher/Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (IRT/COMS) will travel throughout a wide geographic area offering independent living skills instruction to adults who are blind or visually impaired, as well as assist individuals to achieve maximum independence through Orientation and Mobility instruction in safe, independent and efficient travel in both familiar and unfamiliar environments so they may function at a level which will result in an independent lifestyle. The IRT/COMS is responsible for the implementation of the individualized rehabilitation services to clients to support their goals to remain independent in their home and daily activities. Incumbent must be able to provide their own transportation to various client sites.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility and certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist through ACVREP or NOMC is required. At least 3 years of experience in the field of blindness and visual impairment preferred.
Required Skills and Abilities:
· Knowledge of adaptive aids used by individuals who are blind or have low vision
· Knowledge of physical and psychosocial adjustments to the loss of vision
· Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations that are applicable
· In-depth knowledge of principles, methodology, tools, techniques and equipment used for providing O&M to individuals who are blind or visually impaired
· Ability to accurately evaluate the O&M skill level of people who are blind or visually impaired
· Ability to be detail oriented
· Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, to meet the needs of the organization and its customers.
· Effective listening skills
· Ability to problem solve and utilize necessary resources
· Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and independent judgment
· Self–directed; requiring minimal supervision
· Ability to function in a team-oriented environment
· Ability to organize and manage case load, set priorities, pay attention to details to ensure work is accurate and tasks are completed in a timely manner.
· Must be able to provide their own transportation to various client sites.
· Must have a smart phone to use for business purposes.
· Ability to lift/move/transfer materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
· Ability to stand, walk, stoop and bend frequently.
· While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent may be exposed to outdoor changing weather conditions and various indoor environmental conditions.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The essential functions of the Itinerant Rehabilitation Teacher/Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist position consist primarily of, but are not limited to, the following:
· Design and implement individualized plans that focus on short and long term needs of the client.
· Develop assessment reports that include the needs and strengths of the client and an estimate of the length and frequency of service necessary to meet identified needs. This includes detailed recommendations for equipment that are appropriate to the plan.
· Perform orientation and mobility evaluations that focus on long and short term needs of the individual
· Instruct individuals and small groups in various daily living skills including, but not limited to the use of magnification, glare shields, lighting, time telling, food preparation, money management, medication and diabetes management, household tasks, cleaning, clothing care and identification, personal grooming, sewing, and eating techniques.
· Facilitate instruction in personal communication skills, as appropriate for the client’s needs, including handwriting and using a signature guide, Braille, telephone and/or cell phone use for outgoing and incoming calls or text messages, reading using low vision adaptive devices, and use of audio devices.
· Provide consultation and resources to the client, and their family and friends as appropriate; including information on local and national resources for the blind or visually impaired, technology resources, support groups and other community resources to assist in meeting their needs.
· Emphasize the effective use of any residual vision, tactile and other sensory modalities, and reinforce learning associated with other areas of instruction
· Maintain knowledge of adaptive technology such as CCTV’s, PDA’s, digital recorders, voice organizers, talking dictionary, note takers and low vision and accessible apps for smart devices. Ability to accurately maintain case management files for case reporting and billing
· Maintain knowledge of and/or how to access community resources to make appropriate referrals as needed
· Stay current in the field by maintaining certification and education through conferences and workshops and provide training to other professionals as directed.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
Phone: (317) 684-0600
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