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

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.

Median Annual Wage: $78,810

Education: Master's degree (52%); Bachelor's degree (28%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (12%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Orientation and Mobility Specialist; Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS); Certified Low Vision Therapist; Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI); Teacher of the Visually Impaired; Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT); Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist; Mobility Specialist; Orientation & Mobility Specialist; Orientation and Mobility Instructor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists.

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  • 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).
  • Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
  • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
  • Participate in professional development activities such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
  • Train clients to use adaptive equipment such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
  • Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
  • Refer clients to services, such as eye care, health care, rehabilitation, and counseling, to enhance visual and life functioning or when condition exceeds scope of practice.
  • Teach independent living skills or techniques such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.
  • Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
  • Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self-care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists.

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