[nobe-l] O&M Instructor Wanted, Fort Worth
dandrews at visi.com
Wed Aug 26 01:11:11 UTC 2015
Position Vacancy: Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Job Location: Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort
Worth, 912 W. Broadway Avenue, Fort
Worth, TX 76104
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.
Make careful observations 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.
Positively 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.
Foster and maintain a network of positive working professional relationships.
Attend work on a predictable schedule and perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of standard instructional methods,
strategies and assessment techniques.
Knowledge of mobility aids including rigid,
folding and adapted canes, electronic travel
aids, human and dog guides, optical and non-optical devices.
Knowledge of orientation techniques used by
persons with vision impairment including cues,
landmarks, search patterns, soliciting/declining
assistance, analysis of intersections and traffic patterns.
Knowledge of proximal geography, guide dog
schools, local modes of public transportation,
agencies and other organizations that serve persons with vision loss.
Knowledge of philosophy of orientation and
mobility including ethics, certification
standards, empowerment and advocacy issues.
Skill in maintaining effective working
relationships with persons with vision loss,
service providers, state agency personnel, advocacy groups and others.
Skill in communicating effectively with courtesy,
tact, diplomacy and discretion to individuals
that may be difficult and/or exhibit a dynamic range of emotions.
Skill in the preparation of monthly written
descriptive narrative reports for billing using
industry appropriate terminology with proper grammar and punctuation.
Skill in coordinating approaches to service
delivery for persons with vision loss.
Skill in using personal computer and familiarity
with Windows environment and Microsoft Office.
Ability to adapt teaching methods and tools to
address individual needs and abilities.
Ability to demonstrate standards of ethical
integrity, empathy and sensitivity.
Ability to encourage persons with vision loss to
confidently overcome obstacles.
Ability to identify dimensions of dynamic problems and potential solutions.
Ability to multitask and prioritize while
maintaining organization and efficiency.
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist shall
possess the formal education equivalent to a
Bachelor's Degree or higher in a rehabilitation
science discipline from an accredited college or
university with an established O&M training
curriculum AND Certification by the Academy for
Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and
Educational Professionals (ACVREP) by the first
anniversary of employment AND a minimum of one
semester devoted to an internship in a qualified
school or agency under competent supervision.
The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth does
not provide a company vehicle or pay for a personal driver for any position.
7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
Salary range: $30,800.00 annually - $46,300.00 annually,
Commiserate with experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Please email resume to lhall at lighthousefw.org
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.
David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
E-Mail: dandrews at visi.com or david.andrews at nfbnet.org
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