Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Basic Info


Wichita, KS


610 N Main
Wichita, KS 67203


Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center


Jul 28, 2016

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Position Summary

Responsible for assisting blind and visually impaired clients to achieve personal adjustment and maximum independence through orientation and mobility training and techniques that aid in daily living skills. Interviews clients, conducts assessments, provides instruction and/or training, and evaluates progress to determine present, and required or desired orientation and mobility goals.

Job Requirements

Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with graduate training in Orientation and Mobility required.
Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of previous experience in orientation and mobility training required.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience working with all disabled populations.
  • Knowledge of or experience in working with low vision aids and appliances.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills necessary to provide close support and consultation.
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail; job requires prioritizing tasks and working independently.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule as necessary, and travel in-state as required for job.
  • Current Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) required.
  • Must maintain a current CPR certification.

Key Responsibilities/ Essential functions include

  • Conduct orientation and mobility assessment process with client that focuses on both short-term and long-term needs of the client.Includes the needs and strengths of the client and an estimate of the length and frequency of service necessary to meet identified needs and goals.
  • Prepare sequential and meaningful instruction geared to the client’s assessed needs, IEP goals and objectives, functioning level, and motivational level to include all of part of the following:
    • Perform intake assessment
    • Patient evaluation report
    • Physical conditioning
    • Sighted guide technique
    • Pre-cane skills
    • Orientation skills
    • Functional vision skills
    • Bioptic training
  • Prepare and use equipment and materials for the development of orientation and mobility skills, e.g., tactual maps, models, distance low vision aids, and long canes.
  • Confer regularly with family members, parents, teachers, and/or other special education personnel to assist in work, home and classroom environmental modifications, adaptations, and considerations and to ensure reinforcement of appropriate orientation and mobility skills that will encourage the client with a visual impairment to travel independently in these settings.
  • Provide orientation and mobility instruction, to include but not limited to, body imagery, sensory awareness, spatial concepts, compass direction concepts, basic protective and information gathering techniques, map skills, and cane skills.
  • Instruct clients/students with visual impairments in the development of skills and knowledge that enable them to travel independently, to the highest degree possible, in accordance with the clients’ assessed needs and goals and the client’s IFSP/IEP/ITP.
  • Teach clients/students to travel with proficiency, safety, and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments.
  • Transport clients/students to various community locations as necessary or requested to provide meaningful instruction in realistic learning environments, which could include:
    • To and from residence to work and back home
    • To community resources/locations
    • Home adaptation needs
  • Evaluate client/student’s progress and ensure O&M service documentation /progress reports are completed as required.
  • Assists with teaching students Braille, as needed.
  • Maintain awareness of current practices in the field through review of literature, attendance at conferences, continuing education requirements for certification, etc.
  • Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.

Vision Requirements Include

Can be performed with or without assistive technology:
  • Required to review/inspect own assigned work, the work of others, or facilities or structures.

Envision, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without illegal discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, disability, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, military status or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, and any other status protected by law.

Envision employs and advances in employment individuals with disabilities and veterans, and treats qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position description is intended to convey generally the duties of this job. It is not an all-inclusive listing of duties, and it is not a contract, expressed or implied.
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