Special Services Professional/Teacher
Provide instructional support to students with visual impairments so they may be successful in their school programs. Provide instruction in compensatory skills, such as use of specific devices and equipment, daily living skills and self-advocacy, to maximize their participation in school activities, post-secondary school experiences and the community.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university
- Valid Texas teaching certificate as a teacher of the visually impaired
- Knowledge of policies and procedures specific to the role of Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Knowledge of and ability to conduct Functional Vision Evaluations and Learning Media Assessments
- Knowledge of curriculum and instruction at all grade levels
- Ability to develop IEP goals/objectives specific to skills needed, as related to vision loss
- Ability to participate in the ARD/IEP process
- Ability to individualize services to student and work effectively with them one-on-one
- Knowledge of the developmental needs of students related to vision loss for students of varying ability levels and ages
- Ability to work cooperatively with campus teachers to assure the visually impaired students are able to participate in classroom activities with necessary accommodations
- Knowledge of resources available through the district and in the community in support of vision needs
- Ability to demonstrate strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adjust to and be flexible to a multitude of situations in the school environment
- Teaching experience in special education
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Serve the district as a resource and reference point for current information regarding education of the visually impaired.
2. Provide technical assistance to parents, district staff members and other agencies related to appropriate services for students who are visually impaired.
3. Provide technical assistance to district regarding IDEA rules and regulations regarding students with visually impairments.
4. Participate in the ARD/IFSP process for specific students with visual impairments.
5. Participate in IEP development for specific students with visual impairments.
6. Consult with district personnel on appropriate instructional strategies, techniques and materials for students with visual impairments.
7. Participate in monthly team meetings and other in-service related activities to explore ideas, view new materials/equipment and share and exchange information.
Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills:
8. Exhibit initiative in finding and meeting needs and developing new ideas.
9. Exhibit good judgment in interactions with all students.
10. Identify problems and suggest solutions in a positive manner Program Expertise.
11. Remain abreast of trends and developments in education of the visually impaired.
12. Provide direct and consultative services for students with visual impairments as assigned.
13. Administer functional vision evaluations/learning media assessments; prepare accurate reports of evaluations; and document progress and submit accurate student progress report each grading period.
14. Address expanded core curriculum needs of all assigned students with visual impairments through ongoing evaluations, determination of need, implementation of programming and record keeping.
15. Develop an itinerant schedule for providing instructional services.
16. Provide assistance in the selection, acquisition and use of adaptive/assistive equipment and/or devices.
17. Assume responsibilities for and maintain confidentiality relative to student record/data.
18. Maintain records relative to supplementary services for the visually impaired activities and submit such records at times specified. Be responsible for the accuracy of reports and caseload data. Salary: Minimum Teacher Salary $56,590