Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Mobility Specialist (TVI COMS) - All Levels

Position Posted on 4/16/2021:
The Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Mobility Specialist (TVI COMS) 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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB:
(Minimum requirements)
• 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.

Primary Location:
Central Office - Special Education and Related Services

Salary Range:
Based on collective bargaining unit salary schedule.
Link to SPS Teacher Salary Schedule 2019-2021: https://springfieldeducation.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/04/Appendix-F1-…

Shift Type:
FULL TIME - School Year 10 Month Calendar; Option to work in the Summer (Vision ESY).

TO APPLY and VIEW FULL POSTING: https://springfieldpsma.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5372

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 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
• SPS will strongly consider graduate students nearing completion of their TVI COMS programs.

Category
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Category, Other
Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Location
Springfield
Massachusetts
Contact
Name
Ms. Cheryl Lilley, Administrator
Organization
Springfield Public Schools
Pupil Services
Department of Related Services and Technology
Email
lilleyc@springfieldpublicschools.com
Phone
413-787-7100, ext. 55622
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