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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:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • 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
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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