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Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists - 29-1122.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1000 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
29-1120 Therapists
29-1122.00 Occupational Therapists
29-1122.01 Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

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Tasks

  • Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
  • Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
  • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
  • 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).
  • Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
  • Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.
  • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
  • Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
  • Participate in professional development activities, such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
  • Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
  • Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
  • 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 cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Teach independent living skills or techniques, such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.
  • Train clients to read or write Braille.
  • Train clients to use adaptive equipment, such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
  • 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).
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Audiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Audiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Orientation And Mobility Therapist For The Blind