What does an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructor do?
O&M instructors teach individuals who are blind and visually impaired techniques for safe, independent travel, often using a white cane. They prepare their learners to travel in a variety of environments, from self-contained residential programs to fully independent travel in unfamiliar environments including urban areas.
What does a teacher of children who are visually impaired (TVI) do?
TVIs instruct and provide support services to enable children who are blind and visually impaired to participate in the least restrictive environment (often mainstream classrooms) in which they are capable of learning. They work not only with children who are visually impaired and their families, but with school personnel, most often as an itinerant or resource room teacher.
What are the job prospects in this field?
The prospects for now and the foreseeable future are excellent, particularly if graduates are willing to relocate. Research has shown that at the current rate of graduation of specialists in the field, we will not be able to keep up with the needs of visually impaired individuals. In fact, many of our graduates are recruited by the personnel at the sites where they do student teaching or complete their internship.