Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

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About the Job

Provide therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.

It is also Called

  • Certified Low Vision Therapist
  • Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)
  • Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
  • Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Global Mobility Specialist
  • Low Vision Therapist
  • Mobility Specialist
  • Orientation and Mobility Instructor
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Orientation and Mobility Therapist for the Blind
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What They Do

  • Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
  • Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
  • Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
  • Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
  • Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
  • Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
  • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
  • Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SIR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $85,480 with most people making between $57,550 and $121,180

Outlook

2.67%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,650 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 5,890 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 124 openings due to growth and about 86 replacement openings for approximately 210 total annual openings.