Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 06/17/2021

Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

Posted by: Toronto District School Board

Salary: $35.09 per hour

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Qualifications

To take on the role of Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you must have:

  • A two-year college diploma in a related field and current certification by The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI), plus two (2) years of experience instructing visually impaired students to navigate independently, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Prior related experience working in a school setting with students ages 3 to 21 is preferred;
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Working knowledge of and/or certification in braille;
  • Ability to communicate in a sensitive, courteous manner with students, parents, staff and the general public;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills; and
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, confidentiality.

Job Description

Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Acting position (School Year plus 2 weeks) anticipated to end on July 8, 2022 – Toronto, ON

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Special Education and Inclusion team, and use your knowledge of braille and other expertise to make a difference in the lives of students with visual impairment.

Reporting to the Centrally Assigned Principal, and working under the professional guidance of the Coordinator, you’ll provide instruction on travel skills to children who are visually impaired, including the use of canes, dog guides, and sophisticated electronic travelling aids, as well as the sighted guide technique. As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you’ll not only instruct children on how to move from one place to another safely and independently, but also instruct them on how to orient themselves to their surroundings. This means providing the skills and knowledge base to determine one’s distance and direction relative to things observed, heard, or remembered in one’s surroundings, and the ability to keep track of these spatial relationships as they change during locomotion.

PRIMARY DUTIES

More specifically, as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you will:

  • Provide instruction (on a 1:1 basis) to students with a visual impairment, including those students with additional special needs, to navigate as is possible within the school and/or community setting, which may include pre-cane/adapted cane skills, white cane skills, sighted guide, spatial and sensory skills;
  • Provide instruction in the use of electronic travel aids;
  • Consult with school personnel (i.e., teachers, administrators, assistants), parents, outside agencies, Blind/Low Vision Program colleagues concerning issues regarding accessibility needs to assist blind and visually impaired students;
  • Document student progress and prepare related reports;
  • Prepare instructional materials into braille, tactile format (raised line maps, diagrams), and enlarged print; and
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Wage rate: $35.09 per hour

Hours of work: 35 hours per week. You must be available to work weekdays and evenings. The majority of hours are for scheduled weekdays, but some hours may be scheduled late afternoons, or evenings in order to meet student needs.

Work year: School Year plus two weeks

Location: This CUPE Local 4400 Acting position, based out of Yorkdale Secondary School, 38 Orfus Road (not wheelchair accessible) but requiring you to work across the city according to student needs, involves frequent travel and requires access to a personal vehicle for travel across TDSB. You must also be able to spend most of the shift walking/standing to assist students navigating at school and/or in the community.

Please submit a resume and cover letter, by 4:30 p.m., June 23, 2021, quoting competition #CUPE C-21-0143UTE in the subject line, to:

[email protected]

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will not be acknowledged in writing.

We strive to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs for accommodation known in advance during the application process.

We are an equal opportunity employer and adhere to fair employment practices.