Teacher of the Blind and Visual Impaired

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Apr 29, 2021
Closes
Jul 23, 2021
Ref
2090
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
JOB DESCRIPTION

Provides students who are blind or with visual impairments unique individualized instruction, (including the instruction of Braille, unless deemed unnecessary in IEP) to enable students the ability to access the general education curriculum and function in the school setting while providing visual adaptations and modifications of instructional strategies and techniques. Obtains large print or Braille textbooks. Interprets specific eye conditions and results of functional vision assessments and assists in making environmental adjustments in the school. Participates in the development and writing of Individual Educational Programs, (IEP), according to ACPS guidelines. Attends meetings as requested, including staff meetings, departmental meetings, child study, eligibility, and reevaluation. Prepares for assigned students and shows written evidence of preparation upon request of the immediate supervisor. Establishes high expectations for students by employing a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media. Fosters understanding and acceptance of students who are visually impaired by administrators, general education teachers, related service providers, peers, and parents by conducting staff developments, being an advocate, and teaching self-advocacy to students. Maintains and monitors all specialized equipment including Braille writers, canes, etc. Evaluates students on a regular basis and ensures equal access to the general education curriculum, performing functional vision assessments, learning media assessments, and other vision-related assessments as appropriate. Keeps abreast of current instructional and educational trends, methodologies, and materials for working with visually impaired students. Performs other school duties and related assignments as required by the Executive Director of Special Education.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education license with an endorsement in Visual Impairment required, or the ability to obtain one.

Experience: At least 3 years of successful teaching experience working with students who are blind or visually impaired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Excellent human relations, interpersonal communications, conflict resolution, organizational, and planning skills are required. Applicant must have a comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State mandates and requirements as related to the provision of educational services and supports for students with visual impairments. Applicant must have comprehensive knowledge of characteristics of individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities to include developmental, cognitive, socio-cultural influences and health-related problems. Must have the ability to recognize and respond to individual student differences. Must be able to work in a collaborative and cooperative manner with parents, school staff, and service providers. Must have experience with windows based computers and related software applications.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Performs professional work providing teaching to students in a specialized subject.
  • Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking, and communication for expressing or exchanging ideas.
  • The position is itinerant and requires travel between schools within a school day.
  • Work requires knowledge of technology for individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired.

CLEARANCES
  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.


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Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (http://www.acps.k12.va.us/hr/compensation/)
Shift Type:
Full-Time

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