Teacher for the Visually Impaired
Date posted: 05/25/2021
Location: Zionsville, Indiana
Posted by: Zionsville Community Schools
900 Mulberry Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
900 Mulberry Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
- Must hold Certificate as a Teacher of Visually Impaired / Blind Low Vision
- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
- Must demonstrate proficiency Unified English Braille Code
- Must demonstrate proficiency Nemeth Braille Coding for Math and Science
- Must be able to transcribe from English to Braille
- Competent in English grammar, including syntax, spelling and punctuation
- Knowledge of General Education Curriculum; Dual Certification is preferred
- Orientation and Mobility Certification preferred
Zionsville Community Schools is seeking a qualified licensed candidate to fill the role of Teacher for the Visually Impaired. The teacher for the visually impaired (TVI) travels to various schools to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to blindness and vision loss. Students range in age from 3 to 21; maybe singularly or multiply disabled. Many of the blind or visually impaired students are mainstreamed in their home schools while others are in special programs.
Essential Functions of the Position:
Assessment and Evaluation
o Perform Functional Vision Assessment as part of the Evaluation Team for new referrals and reevaluations
o Locate, identify, and interpret eye-medical reports as they relate to educational environments
o Contribute to the appropriate specialized evaluations as needed: blindness, low vision, orientation & mobility
o Consult with therapists, special education teachers, general education teachers, students and parents concerning evaluations, modifications, accommodations, and test administration
o Assist in acquiring accessible testing materials for state and local assessments in a timely manner
Modifications/Accommodations to Learning Environment
o Work with Administration to order and set up all necessary equipment and materials needed in classroom for the students to learn (Brailler, low vision devices, computers, assistive technology devices, etc.)
o Order necessary materials for the classroom from outside providers such as state testing materials in a timely manner
o Provide classroom teachers with information regarding unique needs of the students including environmental modification such as lighting.
o Consult with students’ educational teams regarding methodology, accommodations, modifications, and strategies used in teaching students who are blind or have low vision.
Direct Instruction/Consultation in the Expanded Core Curriculum
o Monitor students’ progress in academic subjects and provide instruction in compensatory skills as needed in Braille reading and writing, listening skills, visual efficiency, concept development, daily living skills, and self-help skills
o Assist with low vision aids, typing/keyboarding, adaptive devices
o Assist with the development of career readiness, transition planning, leisure and recreation skills, social skills, organizational and study skills, and self-advocacy
o Supervise Instructional Assistants working with students
o Train Instructional Assistants in Braille
Administrative/Record & Data Keeping
o Collect and record data
o Develop and/or assist in the development of Individual Education Plans
o Administer and/or assist in Functional Behavioral Assessments
o Develop and/or assist in the development of Behavior Intervention Plans
o Progress Monitor IEP Goals
o Develop quarterly IEP progress reports to be sent to parents
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the 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:
o Work is performed primarily in school environments; however, travel is required between local schools within the district.
o Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
o Ability to sit, stand and walk.
o Ability to communicate the spoken word.
o Ability to hear within normal range and see within normal parameters
o Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.