How do you know if your student needs an orientation and mobility specialist.

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If you have a student who is blind or has low vision, you may be wondering whether they need a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS or O&M) to support their learning and independence. Here are some key considerations for special education directors to keep in mind:

A COMS is a professional who is trained to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired to navigate their environment safely and independently. They can provide support in a variety of settings, including the classroom, home, and community.

Some signs that your student may benefit from working with a COMS include difficulty navigating the school environment, trouble locating and identifying classroom materials, or challenges with spatial awareness.

Working with a COMS can provide a range of benefits for students, including increased independence, improved confidence, and greater access to educational and social opportunities.

If you’re considering working with an COMS, it’s important to collaborate closely with the student, their family, and other professionals who work with them. Together, you can develop a plan that meets the student’s unique needs and goals.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to work with a COMS will depend on the individual needs and goals of your student. This is done through an O&M evaluation.

By being open to the possibility of working with an O&M specialist, you can help to ensure that your students are able to access the resources and support they need to succeed.

If your student needs an orientation and mobility specialist we have services to help and support you!

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