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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
    • 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).
    • Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
    • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
    • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and proprioceptive 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.
    • Teach self-advocacy skills to clients.
    • Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
    • Teach independent living skills or techniques, such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.
    • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
    • Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.
    • Design instructional programs to improve communication, using devices such as slates and styluses, braillers, keyboards, adaptive handwriting devices, talking book machines, digital books, and optical character readers (OCRs).
    • Train clients to use adaptive equipment, such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.
    • Participate in professional development activities, such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
    • Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
    • Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
    • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
    • Train clients to read or write Braille.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Learning Strategies

      Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 86120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 41.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,840
    • Yearly Projected Openings 350

    Typical Education

    Personality

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

    Tools

    • Writing aids for the physically challenged
    • Magnifiers
    • Flashlight
    • Eye charts or vision cards
    • Braille devices for the physically challenged

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