We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Visual Impairment Teacher to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for empowering individuals with visual impairments, providing specialized instruction, and fostering independence. As part of the role of a Visual Impairment Teacher, maintaining regular and effective communication with parents is crucial. The aim is to assist parents in developing a realistic understanding of their child's abilities, progress, and future goals.
- Conduct assessments to identify the specific needs and abilities of students with visual impairments.
- Develop and implement individualized education plans (IEPs) or IFSP to address academic, developmental, and mobility goals.
- Provide specialized instruction in core subjects, adaptive technology, orientation and mobility, and daily living skills.
- Conduct functional vision evaluations (FVE), learning media assessments (LMA), and orientation and mobility evaluations (O&M) for both initial referrals and reevaluations of students requiring visual impairment (VI) and orientation and mobility (O&M) services.
- Collaborate with educational teams, including general education teachers, therapists, and support staff, to create an inclusive learning environment.
- Adapt and create instructional materials that cater to the unique learning styles and needs of students with visual impairments.
- Use a variety of instructional strategies, tools, and technologies to enhance learning experiences.
- Provide orientation and mobility training to help students navigate their environments safely.
- Foster independence by teaching essential life skills, including self-advocacy and self-care.
- Regularly assess student progress and adjust instructional strategies as needed.
- Collaborate with parents, guardians, and other stakeholders to support student success.
- Provide regular updates to parents and stakeholders on the student’s academic and developmental progress.
- Share insights into the student’s strengths, challenges, and achievements.
- Discuss and explain the goals, strategies, and adaptations outlined in the IEP.
- Progress Reports:
- Prepare and provide detailed progress reports that highlight specific achievements and areas for improvement.
- Offer recommendations for activities and strategies that parents can implement at home to support their child's learning.
- Maintain an open line of communication through emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings as needed.
- Completion of a degree program from an accredited four-year college or university. (Applicants selected for hire must provide copies of all college or university transcripts.)
- Possession of Texas Special Education EC-12 and elementary level certifications is required, or TEA Emergency Certification in Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments EC-12
- Must hold or be open to obtaining the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments supplemental certification within a designated timeframe.
- Must possess or be willing to acquire ESL certification within a specified timeframe.
- Proven experience working with students with visual impairments.
- Knowledge of adaptive technologies, braille, and other tools used in visual impairment education.
- Strong understanding of the impact of visual impairments on learning and development.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for collaborating with students, parents, and colleagues.
- Ability to create and implement effective, individualized education plans.
- Patience, empathy, and a genuine passion for supporting individuals with visual impairments.
- Expertise in teaching core subjects using adapted materials and methods.
- Proficiency in using adaptive technologies and tools for individuals with visual impairments.
- Ability to assess and address the unique needs of each student.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills.
- Collaboration and teamwork in an inclusive educational setting.
Individual compensation packages are based on various factors unique to each candidate, including skill set, experience, qualifications, geography, and other job-related reasons. Expatiate Communications is an equal-opportunity employer. Expatiate Communications considers all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.