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ROLE OF THE CERTIFIED ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALISTS (COMS)
The Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) are responsible for:
- Orients students to home, neighborhood, schools and the community
- Teaches indoor and outdoor orientation and skills for safe and independent travel
- Consults with family and educational team members
- Teaches concepts about the body, space, direction, movement and the physical environment
- Encourages movement, body concepts and spatial awareness with infants and toddlers
- Teaches students to use the long cane and optical devices, such as a monocular, when necessary and how to control glare for light sensitive students.
- Teaches students to use their existing vision to travel safely and independently
- Provides in-service training in the area of O&M for paraprofessionals, teachers, families and any other team members
- Serves on the team that prepares and monitors the student’s IEP, IFSP or 504 plan.
- Teaches community travel, including skills to cross streets and traveling on public transportation and control sensitivity
- Consult with Low Vision doctors