Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Coordinator of Special Education
Date Revised: October 30, 2015
Dept./School: Special Education

Primary purpose

Provide direct/consultative orientation and mobility services to students with visual impairments

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Bachelor’s Degree

Certification in Orientation and Mobility – Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)

Experience

Teaching or related experience in providing orientation and mobility services to a wide range of students with visual impairments

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge and skills required to administer and interpret appropriate assessment and evaluation instruments

Skill in organizing and conducting training activities and meetings.

Skill in interpersonal communication with peers, students, parents and teachers

Ability to work with a wide range of students with visual impairments

Have experience in teaching orientation and mobility training

Understand human behavior dynamics and an ability to interact effectively with educational personnel

Drive self in own vehicle to multiple school sites within the district to provide services

Effective use of Microsoft office software (Word and Excel) and email

Major responsibilities and duties

Technical Assistance

  • Provide leadership, training and technical assistance to school district in orientation and mobility services.
  • Provide technical assistance to the school district regarding IDEA, rules, and regulations.

Communication/Collaboration

  • Participate in ARD/IFSP process for specific students with visual impairments.
  • Participate in the IEP development for specific students with visual impairments.
  • Consult with district personnel on appropriate orientation and mobility strategies, techniques and materials for student with visual impairments.
  • Participate in monthly team meetings to explore issues, view new materials and share and exchange ideas.

Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

  • Exhibit initiative in finding and meeting needs and developing new ideas
  • Exhibit good judgment in interaction with all students and families
  • Identify problems and suggest solutions in a positive manner

Program Expertise (Direct Service Provider)

  • Remain abreast of trends and developments in orientation and mobility services
  • Provide instructional and consultative orientation and mobility services to eligible students
  • Administer orientation and mobility evaluation; prepare accurate computer-generated report of evaluation, propose IEP/follow-up activities utilizing a format developed by
    Garland ISD; document progress and submit accurate student progress reports; and prepare a summary of progress at least on an annual basis based on previously established IEP.
  • Address expanded core curriculum needs of all assigned students with visual impairment through ongoing evaluations, determination of need, implementation of programming and record keeping.
  • Develop and itinerant schedule for providing services.
  • Provide assistance in the selection, acquisition and use of adaptive/assistive equipment and/or devices.
  • Assume responsibility for and maintain confidentiality relative to student records/data.
  • Maintain records relative to supplemental services for the visually impaired activities and submit such records at times specific.  Be responsible for the accuracy of reports and caseload data.

Other Duties

  • Participate in team activities
  • Observe all district policies and procedures
  • Willingness to work some summer hours to train specific students in mass transit travel
  • Perform other duties and functions as required by the Director and/or Coordinator.

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Computer, adaptive/assistive devices and equipment unique to students with visual impairments
Lifting: 
Occasional light lifting and carrying (under 50 pounds)
Environment: 
Frequent districtwide travel
Mental Demands: 
Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress; Traveling within the school district; flexibility to respond to student needs; skills to cope with a variety of work environments; adaptability to change; capacity for positive response to situational factors/problems; initiative in developing solutions to needs/problems; managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously; responding to high client demand and short timelines; sharing office space; exhibiting exemplary interpersonal communication; maintaining positive public relations

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.