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Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Go Back to List
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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Visual filters
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  • Incandescent lamps
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  • Flashlight
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  • Rulers
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  • Magnifiers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Device drivers or system software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Computer based training software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
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  • 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.
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  • Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
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  • Participate in professional development activities such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
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  • Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
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  • 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).
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  • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
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  • Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
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  • Train clients to read or write Braille.
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  • Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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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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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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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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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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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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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $90,469.00 $43.49  $31.85  $35.52 - $50.93 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $97,578.00 $46.92  $32.52  $38.08 - $57.31 
    Danbury $84,262.00 $40.52  $32.07  $34.12 - $47.35 
    Hartford $89,325.00 $42.95  $32.69  $35.55 - $49.64 
    New Haven $86,581.00 $41.63  $31.62  $34.88 - $48.33 
    New London/Norwich $89,639.00 $43.10  $32.77  $36.22 - $49.79 
    Waterbury $85,406.00 $41.06  $29.57  $34.53 - $48.07 
    Torrington $102,357.00 $49.20  $32.93  $41.21 - $59.73 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   61
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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