Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Date posted: 06/22/2022
Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Posted by: Toronto District School Board
Salary: Hourly wage: $35.44
To take on the role of Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you must have:
- 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 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 and/or certification in braille;
- Ability to communicate in a sensitive, courteous manner with students, parents, staff and the general public;
- Strong communication and organisational skills; and
- Understanding of and commitment to confidentiality.
- Must be able to spend most of shift walking/standing to assist students navigating at school and/or in the community;
- Must provide personal vehicle to travel across TDSB; and
- Must be able to travel frequently.
One (1) permanent, full-time position – Toronto, ON
An experienced instructor with a background in teaching visually impaired students to navigate independently, you will bring your expertise and skills to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in this key role.
Reporting to the Centrally Assigned Principal, under the professional guidance of the Co-ordinator, you will instruct travel skills to children who are visually impaired including the use of canes, dog guides, and sophisticated electronic traveling aids as well as the sighted guide technique. In addition to teaching them how to move from one place to another safely and independently, you will also instruct children to orient themselves to their surroundings, providing them with 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.
More specifically, as 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. This may include pre-cane/adapted cane skills, white cane skills, sighted guide, and 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, and 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.
Hours: 35 hours per week. You must be available to work weekdays and evenings. Majority of hours for scheduled weekdays but some hours may be scheduled late afternoons and evenings in order to meet student needs.
Work Year: School year plus 2 weeks
Salary: $35.44 per hour
This CUPE Local 4400 permanent position will be based out of Yorkdale Secondary School, 38 Orfus Road (not wheelchair accessible) but will be required to work across the city according to student needs.
It is anticipated that interviews will take place within two weeks after the closing date of this competition, and that the successful applicant will commence as soon as possible and practical.
Please submit a resume and cover letter, with all relevant documents, in MS Word or PDF format, by 4:30 on June 30, 2022, quoting CUPE C-22-0179UE in the subject line, to:
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We are unable to acknowledge or confirm receipt of applications.
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.