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Instructional Assistant for Visually Impaired

  • Classified

Salary range: 29

Reports to: Classroom Teacher

Where appropriate, employees in this classification receive training and indirect supervision by District Nurse and/or other professional(s) in the performance of specific medical and/or behavior management procedures.

OVERVIEW

Under supervision, assist Certificated Teacher(s) in instruction and supervision of special education student(s) by providing for physical and instructional needs of student(s) with visual impairments in educational settings. Receive direct to general supervision from Certificated Teacher(s). Provide responsible support and follow-through activities as specified in students' Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

QUALIFICATION
  • A BA/BS degree or equivalent college level work with emphasis on specific courses in specialized areas
  • Ability to learn and demonstrate Braille required
  • Knowledge of the use of literary and Nemeth Braille for reading, writing, and translation preferred
  • Skills in adapting vocal quality coupled with articulation and ability to correctly read tests, worksheets, books, and other assignments which must be put on tape for students' use
  • Prior experience, paid or volunteer, with pre-school to school age students, teachers, and school personnel
  • Experience working with students with severe learning and emotional disabilities and/or equivalent experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Learn the physical requirements and/or specific needs of assigned special education student
  • Assist Classroom Teacher(s) and Visual Impairment teacher in implementing IEPs for students who are blind or visually impaired, including the completion of service delivery logs.
  • Assist the teacher with development and presentation of learning materials and instructional exercises. Includes preparation of Braille non-text materials such as worksheets, supplemental class handouts, report cards, tests and quizzes, daily notices, permission slips, lunch menus, maps, charts, etc. that will provide access to instruction for visually impaired students through the use of a computer or other methods
  • Tutor students individually or in small groups to reinforce and follow up learning activity May also assist in specialty areas such as physical education, art, and field trips
  • Narrate videos and filmstrips as needed, and tape materials not available from other sources
  • Assist in the management and shaping of student behavior through the use of positive reinforcement strategies
  • Assist general education teachers with accommodations and modifications
  • May perform clerical duties such as filing or duplicating materials
  • Use computer to maintain student records, attendance and files
  • Maintain student discipline in the absence of the Classroom Teacher
  • Assist in maintaining a neat, orderly, and attractive learning environment
  • May use bilingual abilities in dealing with assigned duties related to students, public, and staff
  • Understand the needs of assigned child and effectively relate to these needs in a learning and/or recreational situation
  • Understand and carry out both oral and written instructions in an independent manner
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Maintain calm and patience in stressful situations
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
  • Perform all related duties as assigned
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • General needs and behaviors of children;
  • Proper English usage and grammar;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Curriculum applicable to grade level;
  • Record-keeping techniques;
  • Computer and software applications appropriate to assignment
  • Understanding of methods to successfully complete necessary Medical, Behavior Management, and Safety and Welfare training.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

Lifting 30 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. Position requires direct contact with students; may involve exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 10 Months

Revision Date: 03/23/2017

Initial date: 06/21/2016

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.