Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 11/16/2022

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted by: Bosma Enterprises

Salary:

Contact Information

Address

6270 Corporate Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Phone

317-704-8256

More Details

Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility and certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist through ACVREP or NOMC is required.  At least 3 years of experience in the field of blindness and visual impairment preferred.

Required Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of adaptive aids used by individuals who are blind or have low vision
  • Knowledge of physical and psychosocial adjustments to the loss of vision
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations that are applicable
  • In-depth knowledge of principles, methodology, tools, techniques, and equipment used for providing O&M to individuals who are blind or visually impaired
  • Ability to accurately evaluate the O&M skill level of people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Ability to be detail oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, to meet the needs of the organization and its customers.
  • Effective listening skills
  • Ability to problem solve and utilize necessary resources
  • Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and independent judgment
  • Self–directed; requiring minimal supervision
  • Ability to function in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to organize and manage case load, set priorities, and pay attention to details to ensure work is accurate and tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to provide their own transportation to various client sites.
  • Must have a smart phone to use for business purposes.
  • Ability to lift/move/transfer materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, and bend frequently.
  • While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent may be exposed to outdoor changing weather conditions and various indoor environmental conditions.

Job Description

Position Title:        Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS)

Status:                Exempt – Professional       

Reports to:         Director of Rehabilitation Services        

Overall Responsibility:

The Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) will travel throughout a wide geographic area offering Orientation and Mobility instruction to adults who blind or visually impaired in safe, independent, and efficient travel in both familiar and unfamiliar environments so they may function at a level which will result in an independent lifestyle. The COMS will also assist individuals to achieve maximum independence through daily living skills instruction. The COMS is responsible for the implementation of the individualized rehabilitation services to clients to support their goals to remain independent in their home and daily activities. Incumbent must be able to provide their own transportation to various client sites.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential functions of the Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist position consist primarily of, but are not limited to, the following:

Perform orientation and mobility evaluations and implement plans that focus on long and short term needs of the individual

  • Develop assessment reports that include the needs and strengths of the client and an estimate of the length and frequency of service necessary to meet identified needs.  This includes detailed recommendations for equipment that are appropriate to the plan.  
  • Instruct individuals and small groups as assigned, both in the Community and in the Center in various daily living skills including but not limited to the use of magnification, glare shields, lighting, time telling, food preparation, money management, medication and diabetes management, household tasks, cleaning, clothing care and identification, personal grooming, sewing, eating techniques, leisure activities, time management, labeling, and telephone use.
  • Facilitate instruction in personal communication skills, as appropriate for the client’s needs, including handwriting and using a signature guide, Braille, telephone and/or cell phone use for outgoing and incoming calls or text messages, reading using low vision adaptive devices, and use of audio devices.
  • Provide consultation and resources to the client and their family and friends as appropriate; including information on local and national resources for the blind or visually impaired, technology resources, support groups, and other community resources to assist in meeting their needs.
  • Emphasize the effective use of any residual vision, tactile and other sensory modalities, and reinforce learning associated with other areas of instruction.
  • Maintain knowledge of adaptive technology such as CCTV’s, digital recorders, note takers, and low vision and accessible apps for smart devices. Ability to accurately maintain case management files for case reporting and billing.
  • Maintain knowledge of and/or how to access community resources to make appropriate referrals as needed
  • Stay current in the field by maintaining certification and education through conferences and workshops and provide training to other professionals as directed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.