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Role of the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS)

The Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) will:

  • Orient students around their home, neighborhood, school and community
  • Teach indoor and outdoor orientation and skills for safe and independent travel
  • Consult with family and educational team members
  • Teach concepts about the body, space, direction, movement and the physical environment
  • Encourage movement, body concepts and spatial awareness with infants and toddlers
  • Teach students to use the long cane and optical devices, such as a monocular, when necessary and how to control glare for light sensitive students.
  • Teach students to use their existing vision to travel safely and independently
  • Provide in-service training in the area of O&M for paraprofessionals, teachers, families and any other team members
  • Serve on the team that prepares and monitors the student’s IEP, IFSP or 504 plan.
  • Teach community travel, including skills to cross streets and travel on public transportation
  • Consult with Low Vision doctors
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