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Teacher of the Visually Impaired

June 27, 2022

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Provides vision services to infant, preschool and school-age children who are blind and visually impaired.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Requires a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, communication, teamwork, creativity, problem solving, dexterity, planning and organizational skills.  Requires excellent teaching skills and the ability to get along well with a wide variety of personalities.

KEY JOB ELEMENTS

  • Teaches early development and educational skills including: concept development, vision training, compensatory skills, self-help skills, communication skills and socialization skills.
  • Plans, prepares and implements lessons as specified on the child’s IFSP or IEP.
  • Instructs students in the use of low vision aids and adaptive equipment; conducts non-physicians assessments of child’s functional vision skills.
  • Consults, teaches and provides support to family members, associated professionals, school districts, and other children’s care givers and service providers.
  • Represents CABVI in the community at professional, recreational and outreach activities associated with children’s services.
  • Completes and submits all required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Develops weekly schedules to achieve hourly expectations in a cost effective manner.
  • Maintains a reference library of current related materials and acquires information regarding research, development and technology.
  • Adapts to change and completes other duties as assigned.
  • Consistently achieves annual performance objectives.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Must have ability to effectively present information, and respond to questions from children, parents, professionals and the general public. Must have ability to write effective plans, reports and correspondence. Must be able to give explicit visual cues according to child’s visual status and have ability to develop the child’s confidence and self-esteem.  Requires excellent listening skills.

COMPUTER/TECHNICAL SKILLS

General computer skills.  Grades 1 and 2 Braille skills.  Must have good knowledge regarding adaptive equipment and low vision aids.

REASONING ABILITY

Must have ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Frequently required to talk or hear.  Frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop and kneel.  Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key job elements. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Extensive travel required.  Instruction may occur in a variety of environments including child’s home or school, CABVI, and the community.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelors or Masters in Education. Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired required.  Experience and desire to work with children.  Must meet the Department of Special Education and the Department of Health personnel standards.