Instructional Aide for the Visually Impaired

Coppell Independent School District Coppell, TX
Job Title: Instructional Aide for Visually Impaired

Reports to: Coordinator of Special Education

Dept/Campus: Intervention Services/Brock Center

Wage/Hour Status: Nonexempt

Pay Grade: 201

Days Per Year: 187

Primary Purpose:

Assist VI professionals (VI Teacher and O&M) in providing for instructional needs of learners with visual impairments in the general and special education settings to enhance the effectiveness of learning opportunities for these learners. Assist in educational materials preparation and transcription in appropriate formats according to the learner's IEP. Work under the general supervision of the Special Education Director and under the immediate direction of the Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.

Qualifications:

Education/Certification:

* High School Diploma or GED

* 48 hours of College credit or Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree

Special Knowledge/Skills:

* Ability to work with children with disabilities

* Ability to communicate effectively

* Use of literary and Nemeth braille for reading, writing, and translation

* Vocal quality coupled with the articulation skills and ability to correctly read tests, worksheets, books, and other assignments

* Typing and keyboarding skills

Experience:

* Experience working with school-aged children preferred

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

Instructional Support:

* Work with students under the direction of a VI professional to maximize students' independence

* Transcribe educational materials (e.g. Braille, large print, bold, tactual, etc.) for the purpose of providing educational materials for learners with visual impairments in the appropriate format

* Use braille translation software

* Interline Braille copy for the purpose of providing a transcription of Braille materials for use by sighted persons

* Assist VI professional in collecting data to document learner IEP progress

* Deliver materials and equipment

* Assist the VI and campus staff with modifications and supplemental services necessary for the education of learners with visual impairments

* Work with learners as directed by VI professionals to support their access to the grade level curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

* Provide oral administration of classroom materials/tests as it relates to the learner's IEP

* Provide orientation and assistance to substitute teachers

Learner Management

* Assume the responsibility for learning and adapting to each learner's special medical, physical, communicative and emotional needs.

* Help supervise learners as needed throughout the school day inside and outside the classroom, including lunchroom, playground, and safe movement throughout the building.

Professional Growth and Development

* Participates in staff development programs, faculty meetings and special events as assigned. This includes training on new VI technology (e.g. software, computers, adaptive devices, Braille/Nemeth code updates)

* Assist VI professionals in maintaining communication with campus staff working with learners.

* Redirect parent queries to special educator.

Other

* Maintains confidentiality.

* All other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Equipment Used

Digital technology; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook); printer, copier and fax machine; Google Apps; braille software and embosser, braille writer, learner specific equipment for communication and/or physical needs.

Working Conditions

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent creative problem solving with other members of the instructional team. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom or adaptive equipment. Exposure to biological hazards.