Metropolitan Washington Orientation and Mobility Association

Contracting Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Below is a list of orientation and mobility specialists willing to contract privately. Listed with their name and contact information are:
  • The geographical area in which they prefer to work (may be flexible -- some are willing to travel beyond the suggested area);
  • Some of their professional qualifications;
  • Any special areas of interest.

    No attempt has been made on our part to verify any of the qualifications of the instructors except certification by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (this can be verified at ACVREP's directory). It is up to the agencies or individuals desiring instruction to make their own decision concerning the suitability of the instructor.

    If you have any questions, contact Dona Sauerburger.

    Kimberly Avila, M.A., COMS

    Geographical area: Fairfax and Northern Virginia
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. Over 10 years of experience; M.A. and dual certification from University of Northern Colorado
    Special interests: Works with all ages, but specializes in serving preemies, infants, young children and students; pre-mobility and full mobility training, sensory integration, developmental support, adaptive technology, braille, academic and expanded core curriculum instruction.

    Marybeth Cleveland, COMS
    16600 Briardale Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855

    Geographical area: Montgomery, Howard, P.G., D.C. Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Frederick
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist; BS in Rehab (O&M); over 15 years of experience
    Special interests: Experience with adults and kids... very basic sign skills.

    Martha Graf, COMS
    1416 Woodall Street; Baltimore, Maryland 21230
    H: 410-230-9497

    Geographical area: Baltimore/Washington
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, 12 years experience, M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh ('94)
    Special interest: Kids, adults, multiple disabilities
    NOTE: Available summers and limited times during school year

    Melanie Hughes, COMS
    7378 Roxbury Ave, Manassas VA 20109
    H: 703-361-2945; Cell: 540-729-8935

    Geographical area: DC, WV and MD. Any area will be considered on a case by case basis.
    Qualifications: 14 years experience working with all ages and concurrent disabilities, MS from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
    NOTE: Only available weekends and some Fridays.

    Jim Keim, COMS
    7911 Tilmont Avenue; Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    (H) 410-665-0105; (W) 410-444-5000, ext. 321; (Mobile) 443-694-8472

    Geographical area: Baltimore/Washington
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist; MA Western Michigan University ('90)
    Special Interests: Children / adults who are blind and have additional disabilities

    Sharon Payne, COMS, CLVT

    Geographical area: MD, DC, VA
    Qualifications: Over 25 years' experience teaching mobility skills, and providing low vision therapy services to people with visual and other disabilities. Limited sign language proficiency. Over a decade of service to people with multiple disabilities.
    Special interest: Adults 18-108, and enhancing independence through the use of visual efficiency, low vision devices, and technology.

    Dona Sauerburger, COMS
    1606 Huntcliff Way; Gambrills, Maryland 21054
    (H/W) 301-858-0138

    Geographical area: Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, and Montgomery Counties, Washington DC
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, M.A. from Western Michigan University, more than 30 years of experience
    Special Interests: Teaching street-crossing; O&M for people with both hearing and vision loss (skilled in American Sign Language)

    Jenny Westman-Minnig, COMS
    72 Tarragon Lane; Edgewater, Maryland 21037
    Cell: 410-353-5162

    Geographical area: Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Washington DC, Howard and Prince Georges County.
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist; M.A., Western Michigan 1985
    Special Interests: Children and adults; use of public transportation; and experience with dog guides.

    Gayle White
    6597 Autumn Wind Circle; Clarksville, Maryland 21029-1277
    H: 410-531-1696

    Geographical area: Between DC & Baltimore areas
    Qualifications: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Masters in Special Education from Vanderbilt University with specialization in O&M; Maryland teachers certification in Visual Impairment; 24 years' experience in O&M with people aged 12 to 90

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