Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Mobility Specialist

SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS in the Pioneer Valley of Western Mass is seeking a full-time certified TVI/COMS.
Direct link to apply: https://springfieldpsma.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5372

The Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Mobility Specialist is responsible for evaluating and providing educationally-based vision and/or mobility/orientation services to visually impaired students with Individual Education Programs in the schools.

* Serves as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program to promote visually disabled students’ social and academic skills for school success .

* Provides an individualized education program to meet individual needs of visually disabled students.

* Assists and guides teachers in the understanding of visual impairments and the use of appropriate classroom and environmental accommodations.

*In conjunction with a medical eye doctor’s report, provides a thorough assessment and diagnosis of visual disabilities.

*Assists in appropriate referrals of visually impaired individuals to agencies and specialists in the community as necessary.

* Collaborates with classroom teachers and other school staff members to implement appropriate accommodations and intervention strategies in the classroom pertaining to visually disabled students’ social, visual, and academic enhancement.

*Provides information, support, and counseling to parents and families when appropriate in a multicultural and multilingual setting.

* Provides in-service education and serves as a consultant to teachers and school staff members related to promoting school success for visually disabled students.

* Keeps thorough ongoing records, including a medical eye doctor’s report, for the individual students receiving educationally-based vision and/or orientation/mobility services.

* Maintains lists of referred, screened, and eligible students, as well as a directory of outside agencies, consultants, specialists and related services.

* Compiles case history date on those cases where additional family history, health history, early developmental history, and environmental history are deemed appropriate.

* Assumes primary responsibility for requisitioning and maintaining needed equipment and devices for visually disabled students who are Braille and non-Braille users and learners.

* Knowledgeable in assessment of and best practices for students with visual impairment including CVI and multiple disabilities.

* Maintains and manages a caseload comprised of visually disabled students in the schools.
* Works collaboratively with the Evaluation Team Leader and school team to develop educationally based IEPs for visually disabled students.

** TVI/COMS are members of the Unit A Collective Bargaining Unit, represented by the Springfield Education Association.
Link to 2022-2024 Unit A Salary Schedule:


* Masters Degree as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and/or
Mobility/Orientation Specialist
* State Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and/or
Mobility/Orientation Specialist

** Springfield Public Schools welcomes candidates who are completing their student teaching through accredited programs.

Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Cheryl Lilley
Administrator, Department of Related Services and Technology
Springfield Public Schools
1550 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
413-787-7100, Ext 55622