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Orientation and Mobility Specialist

South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Full Time

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Braille Institute of America, Inc.

Braille Institute of America, Inc. is a private, NGO that positively transforms the lives of those with vision loss. Join our team and have real impact by helping more than 37,000 people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired maintain their independence, learn new skills and lead fulfilling lives. All of our services are free of charge and offered at our 7 Southern California centers, as well as remotely through online classes and teleservices. We are looking for someone who has a passion to serve, enjoys mission-driven work and thrives in a teamwork culture.

We currently are seeking an Orientation & Mobility Specialist at our Santa Barbara Neighborhood Center. This position is responsible for:

  • Conducting initial and on-going assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals
  • Identifying and discussing mobility/travel goals and objectives
  • Determining and communicating the extent of training needed to achieve goals
  • Developing and documenting lesson plans
  • Documenting students’ progress using company data software
  • Scheduling students for Orientation & Mobility classes
  • Teaching students in the classroom, in the field, in the home setting and remotely on-line
  • Also teaching balance/coordination to students as needed
  • Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently
  • Conducting seminars and presentations in the community
  • Attending and participating in special events as required
  • Working in standard office environment, classroom, in the field including homes, public transportation community centers and other outdoor training areas
  • Operating standard office equipment

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Special Education with specialization in Orientation & Mobility
  • Strong knowledge of Orientation & Mobility training techniques and mobility devices for the visually impaired also required
  • At least one year of experience training visually impaired and/or disabled individuals is desirable
  • Good communication, training, time management, and organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and effectively train the visually impaired to achieve their Orientation & Mobility goals is essential
  • Certification by the Academy of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • Required to travel extensively throughout two BIA regions for both Coachella Valley and Riverside
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Braille Institute is an equal opportunity employer (EEOC). We offer an excellent environment and a comprehensive benefits package. Qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 – $65,000.00 per year

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