Under the supervision of the Special Educator Service Coordinator, the school-based orientation and mobility specialist teaches blind and visually impaired students how to navigate safely and efficiently within their school and community environments. For students with more significant disabilities in addition to a visual impairment, the orientation and mobility specialist can assist with enabling students to know where they are and how to explore their current environment.
Screen current or newly accepted blind or visually impaired students for orientation and mobility needs.
Perform orientation and mobility evaluations for identified students such as students due for 3-year re-evaluations, new students, or a student with a change in presentation.
identify students with orientation and mobility needs, develop needed goals and objectives, and determine appropriate service deliveries. Attend IEP meetings as required.
Provide consultation and support services to parents, teachers of the visually impaired, educational staff and specialists.
Consult regularly with parents, educational staff, and specialists to ensure understanding and use of prescribed orientation and mobility techniques.
Evaluate student’s progress on an ongoing basis.
Prepare and use equipment and materials such as pre-canes and long canes for development of orientation and mobility skills.
Be knowledgeable of community-based resources that may be available to and useful for students with visual impairments.
Provide in-service training to educational staff, specialists, and parents concerning orientation and mobility needs of students.
Participate in parent conferences and other meetings.
Maintain appropriate records including IEPs, evaluations, and progress reports.
Complete other duties assigned by the Executive Director or IEP Coordinator.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Have 1 years of COMS experience
Ability to manage a varied caseload independently
Excellent communication, report writing, and interpersonal skills required.
Experience working with individuals who have additional disabilities is a plus.
CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION, OR LICENSURE REQUIRED BY THE JOB
Certification as an Orientation and Mobility specialist required