Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 07/09/2019

Location: Greensboro, NC

Posted by: Industries of the Blind, Inc.

Salary: N/A

Contact Information

Address

920 West Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC

Phone

336-544-3701

More Details

Qualifications

Industries of the Blind: Industries of the Blind, Inc (IOB) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in Greensboro, NC whose Mission is to provide opportunities for employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve greater independence. IOB has grown over the last 85 years to employ more than 250 people, 140+ whom are blind. IOB is a self-sustaining organization, meaning that we support our non-profit business and our employees with the products we manufacture and services we provide. IOB manufactures textiles, assembles office supplies and janitorial products, and provides the 3rd party distribution services. IOB’s customers include the US government, the military, and commercial businesses.

Summary of Position: To provide orientation and safe independent travel skills at an appropriate level of visually impaired employees. To orient and train IOB staff to support employee’s orientation and mobility training.

Job Requirements:

  • Valid COMS certification from ACVREP
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred in Orientation and Mobility
  • Ability to instruct public transportation
  • Working knowledge of orientation and travel skills for adult population including adapted mobility devices and cane mobility
  • Ability to work well with all levels of professional, managerial and office staff
  • Knowledge of Grade One Braille
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds

Job Description

  • Conduct Indoor/Outdoor evaluations and create concise reports
  • Provide appropriate individualized instruction to each employee based on their specific needs and abilities
  • Develop lesson plans and schedules that meet the goals of each  employee
  • Make recommendations for training needed to meet individualized goals
  • Provide blind/low vision sensitivity training to sighed employees and human training
  • Ability to teach techniques to utilize appropriate low vision devices necessary for orientation or travel
  • Advise employees on the impact of vision changes on safe travel
  • Create and teach tactile and google maps on phones
  • Establish open, frequent communication with all related service staff and professionals within our community
  • Establish and maintain a positive atmosphere with staff to encourage and provide support for mobility in trainings
  • Requires general knowledge of independent living skills and adaptive technology skills generally available to employees
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records on all evaluations instructions provided
  • Serve as a member of the Safety Committee to ensure safe evacuation training and implementation
  • Order and facilitate the purchase of canes, mobility and accessories and adaptive devices for blind employees
  • Participate in the interview process of potential new hires
  • Participate in the onboarding of new hires to provide orientation to the building and human guide & sensitivity training
  • Perform these and other related duties as requested

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability