07/05/2022Return to view all job openings
The Orientation & Mobility Specialist provides vision therapy and rehabilitation services to employees and consumers with visual impairments to improve their functioning in mobility and activities of daily living.
JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Provide O&M services to the visually impaired of all ages
· Maintain a caseload of all those seeking O&M services
· Conduct initial and on-going assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired employees and consumers
· Assess visually impaired employees/consumers functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals
· Identify and discuss mobility/travel goals and objectives with visually impaired employees and consumers
· Teach visually impaired employees and consumers to travel safely, efficiently, and independently using a variety of O&M skills and techniques
· Teach appropriate cane skills/techniques including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, constant contact technique, and two-point touch technique
· Teach on the use of mobility devices and equipment, such as tactile maps, optical devices, pre-canes/adaptive mobility devices (AMDs), electronic travel aids (ETAs), GPS devices, and long canes for the development of O&M skills
· Write reports and complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, goals, and follow-up outcomes
· Provide O&M contract services to those under Texas Workforce Commission, San Antonio Independent Living Services, Veterans Affairs, and the local school districts
· Conduct presentations in the community, such as awareness and in-service training, to educate community and staff about O&M Program services
· Other Duties as assigned
· Bachelor Degree in Orientation & Mobility, Special Education, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or related field
· Master’s Degree preferred
· ACVREP Certification required (must be obtained within 90 days of hire, or completion of internship); certification must be kept active and in good standing
· Minimum of one year experience working with blind and visually impaired individuals
· Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effectiveness/outcomes
· Knowledge of eye diseases
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to work and communicate with professionals, parents and children that have a visual impairment and/or other disabilities
· Strong public speaking skills
· Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
· Ability to work independently, and as a team
· Must be able to lift up to 15 lbs.
· Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
· Must be able to conduct repetitive motions on a daily basis.
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