Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.
Under the general direction of the Education Director, the O&M Specialistprovides orientation and mobility instructional services for blind, visually impaired or multiple disability students. They will train visually impaired students to make maximum safe travel and develop functional independence in a variety of environments, while serving as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide individual educational and pre-vocational programs for students.
Assesses individual needs of each student in all areas of independent daily living to establish realistic and appropriate goals and objectives design and implement programs for each student’s individual education plan (IEP)
Evaluates and reports on the progress of each student, attends scheduled staff meetings and IEPs, and confers effectively with parents.
Assists each student to develop his or her maximum safe travel potential, and develop functional independence in a variety of environments.
Serves as a member of a team in establishing realistic goals and objectives for each student; develops and implements programs and communicates results with the team to ensure continuity of appropriate program services.
Maintains suitable learning environment, including appropriate planning and organizational techniques; consults with appropriate support staff.
Prepares written functional vision assessments when appropriate.
Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.
Eligibility for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor
Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications
Preference may be given to candidates with:
Two years’ experience teaching students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities
Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars
Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package, which includes, recess time, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training. Depending upon availability, housing may also be offered to staff.
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.