The Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired is looking for Orientation & Mobility Specialist to provide orientation and mobility assessment and instruction to individuals who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired to reach their desired ability to travel independently and safely in both familiar and unfamiliar areas, thus reducing one of their greatest impediments to personal independence. This position covers a territory of 5 cities and 12 counties, including Charlottesville City, Clarke, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Frederick, Greene, Harrisonburg City, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Staunton City, Warren, Waynesboro City, Winchester City.
Knowledge of orientation and mobility principles; of adjustment to blindness concepts, the rehabilitation process, and the education of individuals with vision impairments; of functional implications of eye disorders. Skills and ability to assess orientation and mobility needs and plan and carry out an individualized program of O&M instruction to meet those needs; to assess individuals to identify proper use of both visual and non-visual techniques. Must possess the education and training in orientation and mobility and be certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (COMS) or National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NOMC) or meet eligibility requirements to sit for exam within 6 months of hire.
Experience working with individuals who are blind, deafblind, or vision impaired preferred.
This has been designated a sensitive position under Va. Code § 2.2-1201.1. A fingerprint-based criminal history check will be required of the finalist candidate. The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests as a condition of employment (Va. Code § 2.2-3114).
Special Instructions to Applicants
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact recruitment [at] dars.virginia.gov for assistance. Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, Americorp, Peace Corps, and other National Service Alumni are encouraged to apply.
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In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: https://www.vadars.org/drs/cpid/PWContact.aspx, or call DARS at 800- 552-5019.
If you have a Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor please ensure to attach a copy of it along with any other documents?