Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Open Position: Orientation and Mobility Specialist (Full Time)
Department: California CSP Program
Location: Los Angeles, CA
SUMMARY: Assesses consumers travel skills in various environments to help determine with the consumer their instructional needs/preferences pertaining to their unique home environments. Plans lessons based on assessment findings in content areas of the Orientation and Mobility curriculum employing appropriate tools, techniques, and communication preferences. Ensures services provided to consumers are person-centered and meet the consumers’ needs by:
• Assessing each consumer’s training priorities respective of indoor mobility, outdoor mobility, independent travel and communication with the public.
• Actively collaborating with consumers and team to design goals and training activities creating an individualized program where progress is evaluated through debriefing and further dialogue to identify further learning opportunities.
• Communicating with all team members consumer’s training priorities and goals.
• Ensuring consumer’s involvement in decision making process with team throughout evaluation and training.
• Provides instruction in safe and efficient travel skills specifically, indoor techniques including human guide, self-protection, and cane skills to deaf-blind people. Lessons are given both day and evening using modified curriculum to address the needs of consumers who are deaf-blind.
• Evaluates progress of consumers and submits scheduled written reports.
• Participates in team meetings, community of practice (COP) meetings with O&M colleagues, consumer employment planning meetings and full staff meetings.
• Keeps abreast of and evaluates current O&M research, teaching methods and aids. If appropriate, recommends and implements these methods or aids into consumer programs and services. Suggests need for appropriate material and equipment.
• When assigned by the Community Services Program–San Diego/Los Angeles Coordinator, provides in-service training for staff members and others regarding Orientation & Mobility training for deaf-blind individuals.
• Performs related duties when necessary at the discretion of the Program Coordinator and/or members of Administration.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree in Blind Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility required. Orientation & Mobility certification is required. Two years’ experience in teaching orientation and mobility preferred. Prefer knowledge of Braille and sign language. Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred or candidate must become proficient within two years of employment. Strong computer skills including MS Word and Outlook required.