Orientation and Mobility Specialist/Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Must hold a license issued by Virginia Department of Education.
The license must be in one of the following types: Collegiate Professional License, Provisional License.
The license position area must be in one of the following areas: Deaf-Blind, Hearing Impairment, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Visual Impairment, Orientation and Mobility Specialist.
The license must be in one of the following grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th.
The license status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program.
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton is seeking an Orientation and Mobility Specialist to provide orientation and mobility services for children with blindness, visual impairment, and other disabilities including deaf-blindness. This beginning date for this position is July 2020.
Responsibilities include: • Plan, design and implement individualized instructional programs using materials and equipment appropriate for student needs • Accurately assess and identify student needs and functioning level related to orientation and mobility • Develop and maintain lesson plans and case notes which demonstrate and document orientation and mobility curricular concepts • Incorporate both school and residential program instruction as deemed appropriate to ensure student progress • Develop appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives, and recommend accommodations designed to promote the development of orientation and mobility skills and techniques • Monitor students’ progress using appropriate methods and criteria in the areas of curriculum, assessments and IEP goals • Provide instructional support to academic and residential staff related to orientation and mobility and/or low vision needs • Conduct Triennial Evaluations recommended by the IEP team • Accurately record progress in all appropriate places: case notes, cumulative records, progress reports, IEP, etc. • Provide new employee training related to orientation and mobility • Assume responsibility for orientation and mobility caseload in accordance with internal procedures