Consultant for the Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Deadline: 
Monday, September 23, 2019
District/Organization: 
Muskegon Area ISD
Position Details: 

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District 630 Harvey St., Muskegon, MI 49442
POSITION: Consultant for the Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Provide instructional services to students receiving instruction in general education and special education programs. Instructional services are
supportive of the general education and special education teachers. Provide consultation to education personnel on behalf of students with
disabilities on the consultant’s caseload. Evaluate students suspected of being a student with a disability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Possession of a Master’s Degree (M.A. or M.S.) in the education of children with vision impairments.
• Three years of satisfactory teaching experience with not less than two years in the area of special education.
• Possession of a valid Michigan teaching certificate with Vision Impaired endorsement.
• Approved as a Teacher Consultant or be eligible for that approval under Michigan Special Education Administrative Rules.
• Certification from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation Professionals (ACVREP).
• Ability to read, produce and teach Braille.
• Valid Michigan driver’s license.
• Knowledge of the Michigan Content Standards.
• Knowledge of or ability to interpret various measurements of vision and apply to educational settings.
• Experience in both formal and informal assessments of students.
• Knowledge of research-based instructional methods applicable for visually impaired students.
• Knowledge of print alternatives (i.e., Braille and auditory techniques).
• Knowledge of assistive technology and adaptive equipment (i.e. m-print, Braille writer) available to assist students with vision impairments.
• Possess interpersonal skills which promote positive professional relationships with students, parents, staff and community.
• Ability to work in a team-oriented fashion and maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret data; write reports, correspondence, policies and procedures.
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES:
• Understanding the Organization:
o Serves as a strategic partner to build, grow and maintain profitable and long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders
• Building Collaborative Relationships:
o Finds common ground and drives to consensus
o Takes a proactive approach to relate, build and maintain rapport with stakeholders
o Understands interpersonal and group dynamics and responds in an effective manner
• Making Complex Decisions:
o Is respected by others for displaying student-focused decisions
o Takes a proactive approach as an effective liaison between multiple and diverse stakeholders
• Taking Initiative:
o Identifies and seizes new opportunities with a student focus
o Adapts quickly to changing resource requirements
• Being Authentic:
o Provides direct and actionable feedback
o Shows consistency between words and actions
• Being Flexible an Adaptable:
o Remains calm and productive in uncertain situations
o Takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
• Conducts formal and informal assessment of students to assist in the determination of Visually Impaired eligibility, present level of educational
performance and the impact of vision loss in the school environment.
o Perform functional vision and learning media assessments on new referrals and at intervals as designated by the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA).
o Interpret medical eye reports as they relate to educational environment.
• Attends and assist in developing IEPs/IFSPs for students with disabilities as appropriate. Completes written evaluations for METs.
• Assists general education teachers, special education teachers and ancillary staff with establishing goals and objectives specific to the student’s needs
within the IEP/IFSP.
• Establishes and maintains a schedule and documentation of services, consultations, and observations, including student progress on IEP Goals/objectives.
• Provides supports and instructional services to students with vision impairments in need of consulting services.
• Assesses, develops and implements Orientation and Mobility instructional programs which would allow for increased independence.
• Provides sensory development, environmental awareness training, and travel instruction within the student’s environment, community and/or general
travel areas.
• Assists in the coordination of services with various agencies and individuals serving students with visual problems, including obtaining and interpreting
ophthalmological, optometric and functional vision reports.
• Keep the building principal, local school district special education directors and the ISD Assistant Director of Special Education informed of issues that may
significantly impact the delivery of special education programs and services for students who are hearing impaired along with any anticipated expenses.
• Provides consultation to school district and ISD personnel regarding visually impaired students.
o Prepares sequential and meaningful instruction geared to the student’s assessed needs, IEP goals and objectives, functioning level, and
motivation level.
o Be responsible for the student’s safety during O&M instruction and in other environments while fostering maximum independence during O&M
lessons.
o Prepare and use equipment and materials, such as tactile maps, models, optical devices, pre-canes, GPS devices, and long canes for the
development of O&M skills.
o Provide orientation of new buildings and new class schedules to students with visual impairments as needed, including those community
settings where students receive instruction.
o Provide instruction in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for Blind and Visually Impaired students

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: All candidates must apply online at www.muskegonisd.org/jobs
TERMS: This position is a 200-day position offering full family benefits (medical, dental, and vision).
SALARY RANGE: Consultant Master's Degree Scale $46,217.44-62,771.76 (Step 1-4), dependent on experience and education.
It is the policy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District that no staff member, candidate for employment, program participant, or recipient of services
shall experience discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity) disability, age, religion,
height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category (collectively "Protected Classes”),
in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. Inquiries related to issues of discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to
the Assistant Director for Special Education at (231)767-7249. All other discrimination inquiries or requests for special accommodations to participate in a
program, event, or activity should be directed to the Human Resources Director at (231) 767-7213. 

Email: 
jkane@muskegonisd.org
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