Current Job Title:
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Toronto District School Board (TDSB)
Describe your current job:
Orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists are tasked with teaching individuals with visual impairments to independently navigate their environments. This includes traveling in their homes, schools and communities. I work with children and youth on a one-to-one basis at the TDSB to teach them to get to school, locate their classes and learn life skills pertaining to their mobility.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to teach my students life-long skills. I am especially proud when one of my students conquers a new skill or technique. I am challenged daily to adapt to the ever-changing environments that I work in and develop learning plans for my students that best suit their needs.
What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?
Before joining Western Michigan University, I worked in an optometry office as a vision therapist where I designed and supervised programs aimed at improving the function of the visual system. I also have a BA with a major in Children Studies, where I really grasped the importance of meeting children at their level.
What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?
Good advice for future students interested in a career in O&M is to be adaptive and ready for anything.