Teacher for the Visually Impaired/ Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Arlington, VA, US
May 13, 2020

POSTING DATE: 05/12/2020


POSTING NUMBER: T20/21-001.65.1

LOCATION: Dept. of Teaching & Learning

POSITION TITLE: Teacher for the Visually Impaired/ Orientation and Mobility Specialist


  • Must have or be eligible for Virginia licensure.

  • Must have or be eligible for endorsement in Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

  • Ability to travel between sites.

  • Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).

This position is a 1.0 FTE located within our Department of Teaching & Learning


  • Perform functional vision and learning media assessments on new referrals and three-year re-evaluations. Interpret eye medical reports as they relate to educational environments.

  • Contribute to the development of the IEP with goals, modifications, learning styles. Recommend appropriate specialized evaluations as needed, such as low vision, orientation and mobility, psycho-social, and adaptive physical education.

  • Consult with diagnosticians, classroom teachers, students, and parents concerning appropriate evaluations, modification, and test administration.

  • Assist in determining and procuring classroom equipment and materials necessary for the student with visual impairments to learn (brailler, low vision devices, assistive technology, computer) including ensuring necessary room modifications and lighting changes.

  • Provide the classroom teacher with information regarding the specialized strategies needed to teach a VI student.

  • Consult with other instructional staff to provide information to incorporate the expanded core curriculum into the entire instructional setting.

  • Provide modified materials to the classroom teacher. Provide braille, recorded/enlarged materials, and tactual symbols as appropriate for each child.

  • Monitoring the students' progress in academic subjects and provide instruction in compensatory skills as needed in the areas the students may have difficulty with as a result of the visual impairment.

  • Instruct students in using low vision devices and instruct students in braille reading and writing.


  • Provide assistance to students with visual impairments in understanding their attitudes and those of others conerning their visual impairment.

  • Provide training and support to parents of students with visual impairments to enhance their children's independence.

  • Provide the teachers, staff, and family of students with visual impairment with information regarding their individual need, methodology, and strategies.

  • Facilitate social integration and interaction with peers.Participate with other school personnel and agencies to secure job-related experience for students. Participate in transition planning.

  • Provide updated pupil information (VI registration, deaf blind census, textbook projections).

  • Submit requests for instructional materials, conferences, field trips, and personnel needs.

  • Inform various special education and campus personnel of progress and needs of the students with visual impairment on a regular basis.

  • Identify and set up a work and storage space at each school to be used by the VI teacher to instruct students as necessary.ovide input into students' schedules, planning for all special services, such as direct instruction and orientation and mobility.

  • Maintain adequate record of all assessments, IEPs ARD paper, progress reports and signed parental release forms for things such as photographs and registration with various agencies. Provide 6-week, 9-week, or 12-week progress reports as indiciated by school policy on students with visual impairment in regular education classes and follow up with teacher and/or parent conferences as appropriate.

  • Register students with visual impairment with appropriate agencies such as Recordings for the Blind, and VA Textbooks Library, and assist with referral to the VA Services for the Blind.

  • Communicate with low-vision specialists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists concerning exams, and attend exams when appropriate.

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Arlington Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in Policy 35-4.4, Employee Relations - Equal Employment Opportunity - that "Employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and/or disability."


Salary will be based on the FY 2020-21 salary schedule.


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