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Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Allied Instructional Services
Duties: Develops and maintains a classroom environment or work station conducive to effective learning. Evaluates students on a regular basis and assists student in maintaining appropriate classroom behavior. Provides students with visual impairments remediation to enhance academic skills and to enable students the ability to function maximally in the general education classroom while providing visual adaptations and modifications of instructional strategies and techniques. Keep abreast of current instructional and educational trends, methodologies and materials for working with visually impaired students. Obtains large print or Braille textbooks. Interprets specific eye conditions and results of functional vision assessments and assist in making environmental adjustments in the school. Participates in the development and writing of Individual Educational Programs, (IEP’S) , according to guidelines. Attends meetings as requested, including staff meetings, departmental meetings, child study, eligibility, and reevaluation, and maintain accurate records and minutes from meetings. Prepares for students assigned 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 visually impaired students 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. Performs other school duties and related assignments as required.
Duties performed typically in a school setting. Performs professional work providing teaching to students in a specialized subject. Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking, vocal communication for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level and visual acuity for preparing and analyzing written or computer data.
Qualifications: Must hold a Collegiate Professional License with endorsement in special education, vision impairment, and successful teaching experience working with students that are blind or visually impaired. 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, co-workers, school staff and service providers. Must have experience with window based computer and related software applications. Must have a valid driver’s license. O&M Certification preferred but not required.
Additional Information: Allied Instructional Services is a private company that provides services to low incidence populations of all ages throughout Virginia. AIS currently serves over 35 school divisions, private schools, and government agencies. Current location openings in Richmond, Winchester, Martinsville, Far Western Virginia. Other Full and Part-time positions available.
Services offered by AIS include Vision, Orientation and Mobility, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreting, Autism, Assistive Technology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
For more information about AIS, please visit our website at http://www.alliedinstructional.com
Closing Date: Until filled
For further information, contact:
PO Box 2214
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: (804) 368-8475
Fax: (804) 368-8467