Assistive Technology Instructor

Basic Information

Date posted: 07/26/2019

Location: Watertown, MA

Posted by: Perkins School for the Blind


Contact Information


175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472



More Details


Minimum Requirements:

Expertise in Apple and PC computers, including Voice Over and Jaws skills, from introductory skills to more advanced techniques.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Assistive Technology, Experience & expertise in assistive technology for visual impairments
  • Prior experience working with college age students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities or who are deafblind

Current certifications:

  • ACVREP certification ACVREP certification (CATIS,COMS, CVRT, CLVT)
  • Appropriate Massachusetts or national certification for field of expertise
  • Massachusetts teacher certification as a Teacher of Vision Impairments (TVI)
  • Massachusetts teacher certification in related field (ie. Education, social work)
  • ASHA certification
  • ·NRA certification

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students.  Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.



Job Description

Department: College Success

Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week


Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.


The Assistive Technology Instructor will teach laptop computer skills, specifically with VoiceOver on Mac computers, JAWS on PCs, and magnification features.  Fluency with key commands specific to these applications is essential.  Other skills must include mainstream word processing, from document creation to formatting, email management, and online engagement including online learning platforms.  In collaboration with the College Success Team, the Assistive Technology Instructor will teach College Success students to develop an awareness of, and skills in using appropriate technical and non technical solutions to enable college bound students to access their college curriculum, effectively and efficiently.  The Assistive Technology Instructor will model a growth mindset, problem solving techniques and envision appropriate, innovative independent technology use for College Success students.

  • Additional skills required: familiarity with digital braille displays, CCTVs and OCRs.
  • Support students’ development of their own “tool kit” of useful technologies for their working style and academic interests, and to empower them when seeking services from college Disability Offices
  • Keeps abreast of the latest technology to help students achieve their college goals

Responsibilities include:

  • Provides direct instruction in Voice Over, Jaws and other speech to text technologies.
  • Provides sequenced instruction in essential college technology skills including accessing email, document creation, attachment of documents, note taking, laptop operations.
  • Provide support to students transitioning skills from Ipad to laptop operation in an independent academic setting.
  • Manage appointment with students based on direction from Assistant Director of College Success.
  • Evaluate student progress throughout the program.
  • Complete regular reporting in a timely manner.
  • Participate in student meetings, as needed.
  • Consult with all program staff as needed for reinforcement of skills taught
  • Maintain an orderly, clean, safe and secure environment for students
  • Assist in providing consistent and positive learning experiences for students
  • Assist in promoting the development of independence, self-confidence, social skills, and positive behavior with students.
  • Prepare for lessons by making certain that relevant technology is ready and in operating condition; rules are clear; and the area is safe.
  • Provide a positive role model for students.
  • Participate in regular staff team meetings and other meetings as assigned by supervisor.
  • Keep accurate, detailed records according to the prescribed format.
  • Must have ability to work independently.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.