Did you know that there is a shortage of orientation and mobility instructors around the country? It’s true. With such a small amount of schools offering degrees that lead toward certification, there are more jobs open than there are graduates coming from schools like Western Michigan, San Francisco State, and Cal. State-Los Angeles.
Yet, the need still persist and is growing for said teachers. Take the League For The Blind in Fort Wayne. It and other centers for independent living want to employee mobility instructors for a long-term basis. Usually, each of these centers have budgets supporting one or, maybe, two teachers.
Yet, the need still persist and is growing for said teachers. Take The League for the Blind in Fort Wayne. It and other centers for independent living want to employ mobility instructors for a long-term basis. Usually, each of these centers have budgets supporting one or, maybe, two teachers.
That leads to each o&m instructor having a heavy case load, especially in the event alot of travel is required in a large city or a regional coverage that includes multiple counties.
No doubt the blindness community as a whole is in need of these specialists. As blinded veterans who have been injured in combat or military training go through rehabilitation at any of the several VA disability units, they will receive guidance that will teach them to get around their home environment whether they quickly find work or if they remain unemployed.
Perhaps, you know someone who has graduated with a degree in being a certified orientation and mobility services instructor. Steer them toward the ACVREP’s job openings webpage. Perhaps, you may be curious about what it takes to be an o&m instructor and the jobs available in the field. The ACVREP listing of jobs will take you to a site like this where you can see what qualifications and requirements are in place for a new mobility teacher. Believe me, the rewards of serving those who need orientation and mobility abound.