STATE OF RHODE ISLAND invites applications for the position of: VISION, REHABILITATION, ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALIST
$66,321.00 - $75,007.00 Annually
RIASSE Local 580 (Social Workers) (77)
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
: To be responsible for providing mobility instruction andorientation to individuals with blindness and low vision in the community, home, schools, workcenters and industry; to provide assessment, instruction and training to individuals who are blindor visually impaired using a sequential process, in which individuals are taught to utilize theirremaining senses to determine their position orientation within their environment, and tonegotiate safe movement from one place to another; and to do related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES
A thorough knowledge of the principles,practices and techniques used in
teaching and reinforcing Orientation and Mobility instructionacross a range of environments; a thorough knowledge of the concepts related to independentmovement and orientation; a thorough knowledge of mobility techniques; a thorough knowledgeof orientation skills; a thorough knowledge of the use of low vision devices and associatedtechnology used in maintaining safe and independent movement and orientation; a thoroughknowledge of the use of optical and non-optical devices in conjunction with the treatment ofpatients by eye care professionals; a thorough knowledge of instructional methods involved inthe use of visual skills; a thorough knowledge of the use of non-visual senses used inmaintaining safe and independent movement and orientation; the ability to teach monitoring andsafety skills to patients to ensure patients learn to independently and effectively monitor theirorientation and mobility skills; the ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations andintervene as appropriate to ensure student/patient safety; the ability to teach and facilitatepatient/student independence and problem-solving ability across a variety of travel situations andenvironments; the ability to demonstrate professionalism and professional conduct consistentwith the Code of Ethics for Orientation & Mobility Specialists; the ability to identify, locate andutilize appropriate resources; the ability to be punctual concerning the scheduling ofpatient/student appointments; the ability to follow and maintain appropriate recordkeeping andreporting procedures; the ability to keep current and informed of advances in adaptive equipmenttechnology, software, and compatibility with existing systems; the ability to comply with basicslaws, regulations, policies, procedures, and techniques pertaining to the use of adaptivetechnology and other such mobility and orientation techniques; and related capacities andabilities.
Education:Possession of a bachelor’s degree from a college of recognized standing withspecialization in Orientation and Mobility, Vision Studies, Rehabilitation Services or a closelyrelated field.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT At the time of appointment and continually thereafter as a conditionof employment, must possess and maintain Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist(COMS certification).