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

Also called: Certified Low Vision Therapist, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT)

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • therapy and counseling

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Device drivers or system software
  • Ai Squared ZoomText
  • American Printing House for the Blind Learn Keys
Computer based training software
  • American Printing House for the Blind Talking Typer Software
  • Verbal View software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$76,940
per year, on average
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