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Job 3223

O&M Specialist

Lighthouse Louisiana

New Orleans, LA


Duties: The Orientation & Mobility Instructor will provide quality assessments and training to clients of all ages through the Vision Rehabilitation Services programs. The job requires both facility-based and itinerate training to foster safe and independent travel skills for the clients we serve. The Orientation & Mobility Instructor will participate in community outreach events, advocacy opportunities, and will consult on the continuing development of Vision Rehabilitation Services programs. Provide individual orientation and mobility assessments and training to blind adults within the parameters of LRS, the VA, the Older-Blind grant, and VRS policies. Provide group instruction in Orientation & Mobility to participants In the New Vision and Next Step Programs for consumers with vision impairment as outlined in the program curricula. Provide orientation and mobility assessments and training to blind youth, as per contractual agreement with area school systems. Develop IEP goals and objectives for each child following evaluation and complete subsequent reports as required by the state for reimbursement. Monitor progress and implement therapeutic activities to promote confidence, build self-esteem, and foster successful learning experiences for all visually impaired clients. Complete daily documentation and subsequent reports in a timely manner to support requirements for reimbursement from all funding sources. Collaborate with team members to develop and execute successful adult and youth programs. Provide guidance and supervision to interns specializing in O&M and follow university guidelines to meet the requirements for their successful completion of fieldwork study. Foster a team environment with effective communication and a coordinated approach to providing vision rehabilitation services. Participate in community outreach, advocacy and educational events as needed. Follow all VRS expectations, policies, and procedures. Follow all ISO procedures as required. Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Vision Rehab Services.


Qualifications: Degree from an accredited program with emphasis in Orientation & Mobility and certification to teach O&M skills to the blind and visually impaired; Specialized training in adapted skills for the blind and visually impaired. Proficient O&M skills for teaching cane travel in various settings; Knowledge of visual disabilities and effects on functional skills; proficient in written and verbal communications; proficient in use of Internet and word processing programs. Minimum hourly requirements for certification to teach O&M required; Two years experience teaching O&M skills preferred; Experience writing IEP goals and providing O&M services to youth in schools preferred.


Additional Information: Salary: $23 - $26 p/h with $ 3,000 sign on bonus & moving assistance Website: www.lighthouselouisiana.org  Help Lighthouse Louisiana to build a better tomorrow for our students with vision impairment, while living in an exciting city with food, fun, and festivals galore. Lighthouse Louisiana is seeking a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist to provide itinerant vision services to area schools and to develop youth programs for children with vision loss in the Greater New Orleans area. Lighthouse Louisiana is dedicated to ensuring that our youth are receiving well-rounded opportunities to learn through quality instruction and play. Our programs expand beyond the school settings to include Goal Ball, recreation, transition skills training, and a summer camp. If you want to make a difference in the lives of children who are blind in a holistic environment with an interdisciplinary team, contact Lighthouse Louisiana today. Applicants who do not meet the following requirements listed need not apply. Apply as follows: Email as listed- Include the job title in the subject line Fax- 504-895-4162/ ATTN: HR (include the title on the cover sheet) Mail- 123 State Street New Orleans, La. 70118 / ATTN: HR Please include any credentials to validate meeting the requirements. The Lighthouse for the Blind is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer to individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, females and minorities.


Closing Date: Until filled


For further information, contact:

Terri J. Brown

HR Manager

123 State Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: (504) 899-4501, x229

Email: tbrown@lighthouselouisiana.org



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