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Job Description
Position Title: Certified Orienation & Mobility Specilaist
Department: Special Education
Reports To: Director of Special Education/Sped Leadership team
Revised By S. Dumolien 
The job of Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist supports students who are visually
impaired with developmentally appropriate instruction to learn to safely travel within and
navigate familiar and unfamiliar environments, including home and school areas, buildings,
outdoor areas, streets, and public transportation options.
The Orientation & Mobility Specialist has the following essential duties and responsibilities:
1. Ensures the appropriate orientation and mobility services are provided to support
the applicable goals of the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP).
2. Collaborates with the team of parents, teachers, staff and student to identify
orientation and mobility needs and develop plans.
3. Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis and provides progress
monitoring feedback for the IEP goals.
4. Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district
policy, and administrative regulation.
5. Makes provisions for supporting students’ needs in various locations, often away
from school buildings when providing instruction about a student’s neighborhood.
6. Analyzes and uses appropriate data to guide instruction and
develop assessments.
7. Prepares and uses equipment in supporting student learning including tactile
maps, long canes, models, distance/low vision devices.
8. Collaborates with the teachers of the visually impaired to ensure that
students’ O&M needs are met.
9. Collaborates will team members to ensure that the students’ environments
are appropriately modified
10. Performs other tasks and responsibilities as assigned
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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.
1. Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or related field and Orientation & Mobility
Specialist Certification ** teacher certification preferred not required
2. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of
the job include: verbal and written communication; operating standard office
equipment including using pertinent software applications, preparing and maintaining
accurate records; and using district approved crisis intervention techniques.
3. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the
functions of the job include: instructional procedures and practices; stages of child
development/behavior and learning styles; evidence- based practices to help children
meet goals; age appropriate student activities; safety practices and procedures; conflict
resolution; and crisis de-escalation techniques; research-based orientation and mobility
best practices.
4. Ability is required to schedule activities and/or meetings; often gather, collate and/or
classify data; and use job- related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work
with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different
processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work
with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with job-related data; and
utilize a variety of job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to analyze issues
and create action plans
The Orienation & Mobility Specialist shall:
1. Communicate well; both in written and verbal contexts with parents, patrons, staff and
2. Lead presentations and discussions in large and small group settings
3. Read and interpret documents including policies, procedures, curriculum guides,
instructional program guides, lesson and unit plans, and assessment data
4. Write routine reports and correspondence
The Orientation & Mobility Specialist shall:
1. Operate a computer and related applications (MS Office, iWorks, iLife and Google
Apps for Education).
2. Effectively collaborate with teachers, administrators and colleagues.
3. Perform duties with awareness and commitment to all district requirements and Board
of Education policies.
4. Communicate positively with colleagues, parents, and patrons as well as other
members of the community.
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.
1. Must have ability to travel in personal or school district vehicle.
2. Must be flexible regarding scheduling, working conditions and location of work.
3. May require some physical exertion.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.
Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional
duties may be assigned.

E_mail: 8200 W 71st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204

Phone: 913-993-8600

Cert: COMS