Mobility Instructor

Grade 18

New York State has approximately 8 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

As a Mobility Instructor, you would:

Review new cases to determine whether potential consumers meet eligibility requirements of agency and/or whether consumers can benefit from Orientation and Mobility Training.

Accept and screen referrals for orientation and mobility training from agencies and individuals.

Evaluate individuals needs relative to their vocational goals.

Develop and carry out individualized orientation and mobility training for each acceptable consumer.

Provide Orientation and Mobility training to blind persons.

Work with children, adult, and elderly consumers in their homes and neighborhoods.

Assist with basic orientation and concepts of body awareness, directionality, and geometric shapes.

Assist consumers with obtaining independence and confidence.

Teach primary travel systems using residual vision, sighted guide, long cane, prescribed low vision aides or a combination of travel systems.

May integrate the use of a guide dog and electronic vision enhancement systems.

Teach effective indoor travel techniques.

Teach self-protective techniques.

Provide training and room or building familiarization.

Teach safe and effective negotiation of outdoor areas including street crossing at various traffic controlled intersections.

Assist with learning how to use public transportation.

Follow up, after the completion of training, to determine whether further training or assistance is needed.

Coordinate services with other agencies provided to the consumer, including transportation services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling services.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

Candidates must have Either 1: a master's or bachelor's degree with specialization in orientation and mobility (Be sure to note the date of your degree on your application.);

Or 2: a bachelor's degree and successful completion of the following courses:

Anatomy of the Eye and Low Vision
Psycho-Social Aspects of Visual Impairment
Medical Aspects of Disability
Methods in Orientation and Mobility
Student Teaching in Orientation and Mobility.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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