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Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

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At a Glance... header image

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists offer training to people with vision impairments to assist them develop the skills required to move around independently and safely.


The Work header image

A Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (also known as Orientation and Mobility officers) first task is to assess the orientation and mobility needs of a person with vision impairment and to plan, deliver, monitor and regularly review the individual's training programme.

The programme can incorporate:

  • Teaching a person to maximise use of their usable vision
  • Body, spatial and environmental awareness
  • Use of sensory clues
  • Orientation and mobility skills within the home, work and school or college
  • Road safety awareness
  • Independent travel skills

Mobility officer's work on a one-to-one basis with a person with vision impairment, giving advice and guidance.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.

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Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.

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Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.

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Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.

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Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.

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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).

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Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).

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Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.

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Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.

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Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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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.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a caring, supportive attitude and a practical approach to problem solving. You must have good teaching abilities and good communication skills. You must be able to listen carefully and ask the appropriate questions to find out more about individuals needs. You should have a good understanding of disability issues and social model of service delivery.


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Organisation: National Council for Blind of Ireland
  Address: PV Doyle House, Whitworth Road, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 830 7033
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: RNIB School of Rehabilitation Studies
  Address: Room C110, Cox Building, Perry Bar Campus, UCE Birmingham, Birmingham B42 2SU
  Tel: +44 121 331 6405
  Email: Click here
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