Orientation and Mobility Specialist

$48,489 - $71,048 yearly
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • May 28, 2024
Full time Education Health Care Nonprofit-Social Services Professional Services

Job Description

The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. Over 131,000 students entrusted to the District arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities. Equity is our mandate. Will you join us?

Job Summary

Provides itinerant orientation and mobility services to visually impaired students in order to improve mobility and independent functioning. Assesses visually impaired students to determine eligibility for service. Provides consultative service to school staff and parents within the School District of Philadelphia. Participates in the multi-disciplinary team process and individual educational programming activities for students where relevant.

Essential Functions

· Participates in the diagnostic and Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for all students suspected of being visually impaired; evaluates students in the areas of orientation and mobility.

· Provides training and direct instruction in orientation and mobility techniques and in the use of orientation and mobility materials and devices including visual efficiency skills, utilization of residual vision, concept and sensory development, spatial orientation, familiarization to environments, and utilization of tactile, visual and auditory maps.

· Trains students on the necessary skills, which enable them to navigate familiar and unfamiliar environments, including retail stores, offices, and public transportation; trains students on self-advocacy and how to handle emergencies.

· Collaborates with teachers and assists in the development and implementation of the IEP as it relates to orientation and mobility services; works with teachers of the visually impaired to conduct functional vision assessments as it relates to independent travel.

· Develops long-term and short-term goals for each student; monitors student progress and adjusts goals as needed; maintains records of evaluations on student progress.

· Works with administrators, teachers, and other educational staff to support the implementation of students’ IEPs; collaborates with teachers and other school personnel to develop and implement strategies for students receiving orientation and mobility services.

· Designs, implements orientation, and mobility instruction based on assessment and observation of students; collect and maintain data to document and evaluate progress.

· Serves as a resource person to special education teachers and other professional/paraprofessional staff members engaged in the delivery of programs and services to visually impaired students.

· Keeps abreast of new developments and techniques in orientation and mobility.

Minimum Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

· Two years of full-time, paid, professional experience as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist working in schools with school-age students, which has included working with students with blindness/visual impairment and multiple disabilities, and writing IEP goals.


· Possession of a valid Orientation and Mobility Specialist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).


· Possession of a valid National Orientation Mobility certificate (NOMC) issued by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board.

· Demonstrated knowledge of:

o federal, state and local mandates governing the implementation of special education programs.

o laws and regulations that affect orientation and mobility services.

o principles, techniques, equipment, and literature used in providing orientation and mobility services.

o major theories and intervention strategies with educational implications for students with visual impairments.

o effective behavior management skills and training techniques.

o how to prepare and use equipment and materials, such as tactile maps, models, optical devices, pre-canes, global positioning system (GPS) devices, and long canes for the development of orientation and mobility skills.

o braille, basic orientation, mobility, and adaptive technology skills.

o professional resources pertinent to the orientation and mobility profession.

o basic principles of learning theories and their implications for orientation and mobility training.

o how to plan and conduct orientation and mobility assessments and programs.

· Demonstrated ability to:

  • provide effective orientation and mobility training.
  • develop effective treatment plans and service.

o provide for student safety during orientation and mobility instruction and in other environments while fostering maximum independence during orientation and mobility training.

o provide orientation of new buildings and class schedules to students with visual impairments as needed.

o document progress and relate it to students’ goals and objectives.

o use assistive technology with students with visual impairments.

o appropriately and correctly model orientation and mobility techniques for students, parents, teachers, and other school staff.

  • maintain accurate records.

o assess the effectiveness of activities.

o use a personal computer.

  • understand and follow oral or written directions.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.