Job Title: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Certified Vision
Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT), Dual Trained
Employee Status: Exempt Professional-Learned Professional
COMS/CVRT provides rehabilitation services to enhance the independence of people who are visually impaired or blind. They perform assessments of consumer needs; prepares and implements a teaching plan using individual lesson plans.
COMS/CVRT must have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Blind Rehabilitation and be ACVREP certified in Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility within one year of hire.
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist Definition:
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) work with visually impaired individuals to reestablish or develop independent travel skills. This is done through both assisting the individual to utilize sensory information to establish their position in the environment (orientation) and through the teaching of techniques for traveling safely from one point to another (mobility). O&M specialists are knowledgeable in methods of working with visually impaired individuals of all ages. Lessons may include orientation and travel within the home, travel within the building, sidewalk travel, street crossing skills, and travel on public transportation. Lessons will incorporate the use of adaptive equipment (such as a long cane and/or support cane) and the use of residual vision as appropriate.
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Definition:
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRTs) work with visually impaired individuals to reestablish or develop independent living skills. CVRTs are knowledgeable in methods of working with visually impaired individuals who are congenitally or adventitiously (acquired) blind or visually impaired. Training is provided either in the consumer’s home or in an appropriate community setting as determined by the consumer’s needs. Individual or group lessons and may include: kitchen skills, communication skills, financial management, home management, personal management skills, keyboarding and Braille. Lessons will incorporate the use of adaptive equipment and use of residual vision as appropriate.
Bill Hixson, OTR/L, CVRT, COMS
Senior Director of Rehab
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd floor
New York, New York 10013
212-625-1616 ext. 145
This full-time exempt position is located primarily in the field and at VISIONS Greenwich St. office at 500 Greenwich Street in Manhattan. Scheduled evening and weekend hours may be required.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
VISIONS is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency incorporated in 1926. VISIONS provides service for blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.
VISIONS is an equal opportunity employer.