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Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Date Posted: Feb 17, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Exceptional Student Education Orientation and Mobility Specialist  

Location: Office of Schools 

Salary: DFT Salary Schedule

Reports to: Exceptional Student Education VI Supervisor 

Bargaining Unit:  DFT 

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

Telecommuting Eligible: Not eligible for telecommuting

 

Position Summary:  

The certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist will provide Orientation and Mobility Services to students identified with a visual impairment in Detroit Public Schools Community District and its catchment areas.  Services will be provided in accordance with state and national Orientation and Mobility standards, curriculum, and evidence-based practices. 

The Orientation and Mobility Specialist will provide instruction to students with visual impairments in the use of their remaining senses to learn independent life skill concepts, determine their position within the environment, and in techniques for safe travel within school and outdoor environments, including residential, small business, large business and bus and alternative public transportation options. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited college or university.  

  • Certified or certifiable by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) 

  • Must have an exemplary attendance record.  

  • Must be physically able to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined with or without accommodations.  

Essential Functions:

  1. Evaluate, plan, coordinate, and implement individualized programs of instruction in all areas of orientation and mobility for students with visual impairments ages birth to 26, including students with multiple disabilities. 

  1. Participate in MET and IEP meetings, and write observable, measurable goals leading toward progress toward specific outcomes.  

  1. Provide instruction of sequential and appropriate orientation and mobility skills including, but are not limited to: concept development, sensory development skills, low vision skills including the use of low vision aids, and/or cane techniques as necessary to ensure travel safety in all the above listed environments. 

  1. Actively participate in consultation and collaboration with members of the student’s IEP team  

  1. Complete all required documentation accurately and within all required or imposed timelines including Medicaid billing, IEP development, and progress reporting.  

  1. Remain current in practices related to orientation and mobility, medical aspects of vision loss, devices and technology for students with a visual impairment.  

  1. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or designee. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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