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Orientation and Mobility Specialist - Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth

Posted: 07/09/2019

Basic Function:
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist is responsible for the organization, planning, and instruction of orientation and mobility for persons with vision loss to assist with increasing independence, safety, and achieving personal goals.
 
Principal Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide skilled assessment to determine individual orientation and mobility needs
  • Develop a program of instruction to address immediate/long term needs and goals of a person with vision loss experiencing challenges with safe and independent travel
  • Empower persons with vision loss with the development of skills and knowledge to enable them to travel safely, independently, and confidently to the highest degree possible in familiar and unfamiliar environments
  • Provide consultation, guidance, direction, and support to family, friends, and others in the community as needed regarding accommodating a person with vision loss
  • Observe and maintain appropriate records for documentation
  • Compile a monthly report reflecting people served, progress, and services provided
  • Participate in continuing professional education and development activities such as reading literature, attending conferences, and colleague collaboration
  • Represent the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth and the interests of the blind community in local community events, boards, committees, coalitions, and peer support groups in a positive and supportive manner
  • Foster and maintain a network of positive working professional relationships
  • Attend work on a predictable schedule and perform other duties as assigned
  
Knowledge
  • Standard instructional methods, strategies and assessment techniques
  • Mobility aids including rigid, folding and adapted canes, electronic travel aids, human and dog guides, and optical and non-optical devices
  • Orientation techniques used by persons with vision impairment including cues, landmarks, search patterns, soliciting/declining assistance, analysis of intersections, and traffic patterns
  • Proximal geography, guide dog schools, local modes of public transportation, agencies, and other organizations that serve persons with vision loss
  • Philosophy of orientation and mobility including ethics, certification standards, empowerment, and advocacy issues
 
Skill
  • Maintain effective working relationships with persons with vision loss, service providers, state agency personnel, advocacy groups, and others.
  • Communicate effectively with courtesy, tact, diplomacy, and discretion to individuals that may be difficult and/or exhibit a dynamic range of emotions.
  • Prepare monthly written descriptive narrative reports for billing using industry appropriate terminology with proper grammar and punctuation.  
  • Coordinate approaches to service delivery for persons with vision loss.
  • Use personal computer and familiarity with Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Case Management software or website portal.
 
Ability
  • Adapt teaching methods and tools to address individual needs and abilities
  • Demonstrate standards of ethical integrity, empathy and sensitivity
  • Encourage persons with vision loss to confidently overcome obstacles
  • Identify dimensions of dynamic problems and potential solutions
  • Multitask and prioritize while maintaining organization and efficiency
  • Ability to efficiently and safely drive a 32 foot vehicle is a big plus
 
Education/Certification
  • Formal education equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a rehabilitation science discipline from an accredited college or university
  • Established COMS, O&M training curriculum certification by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals (ACVREP)
  • Minimum of one semester devoted to an internship in a qualified school or agency under competent supervision
  • Successful completion of Texas Workforce Commission Confidence Builders Workshop for Orientation and Mobility Specialists
 
Physical Requirements   
  • Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects and maintain physical safety of students, consumers and trainees.
 
Physical Activities
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs, escalators, ramps and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility and balance is emphasized. This factor is important to maintain safety of students, consumers and trainees.
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Bending: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine with full use of the lower extremities and back muscles required.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing for sustained periods of time up to four hours at a time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish training objectives with students, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly to ensure the highest level of safety.
  • Outdoor environmental conditions: Ability to work in extreme temperatures outside for sustained periods of time including: Cold: temperatures typically below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Wind/Humidity: consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity. Heat: above 100 degrees for periods of more than an hour. Rain: no effective protection from weather.
  • Indoor Atmospheric Conditions: Fumes, odors, or dusts.
 
Transportation:
The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth does not provide a company vehicle or pay for a personal driver for any position.  We do, however, compensate mileage, according to Federal IRS rates. Access to reliable transportation required.
 
Pay Rate
Commensurate with market and job level or experience
 
Employment Classification
Full-time, salaried, exempt
 
Office Hours:
Monday –Thursday (7:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) with occasional Friday and weekend hours as needed to meet objectives and position responsibilities
 
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
 
Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.