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Vocational Teacher - TVI or SPED (Summer Job)

Vocational Teacher – TVI or SPED (Summer Job)

Vocational Teacher – TVI or SPED (Summer Job)
 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. 

  • Teach clients skills to meet their individual objectives and report progress on these objectives in oral and/or written formats as prescribed by the program.  Assist in providing a safe and secure environment for clients.  Apply good judgment and effective problem-solving skills in working with clients on and off-campus.  Participate in staff development and training.
  • Read records, observe clients, consult with other program staff and clinicians to determine capabilities, limitations and the special needs of each client.  Apply this information in working with clients, preparing goals, objectives and specific lesson plans to meet these needs.
  • Provide a setting that fosters a respectful attitude toward human rights, confidentiality, and privacy as they relate to working with the clients.  Observe all regulations required by licensing agencies which apply to clients.

 Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:

  • Oversee clients at community job sites; provide training, implement modifications, conduct ongoing evaluations
  • Plan and conduct vocational classes
  • Meet weekly with clients, both individually and in a group
  • Develop and implement individual training plans for each client
  • Evaluate client progress throughout the program
  • Provide consultation to and in-service training for families, staff and community resources supporting the clients
  • Complete the paperwork in a timely manner associated with assessments and training completed
  • Participate in client meetings
  • Consult with all program staff as needed for reinforcement of skills taught
  • Observe Perkins' Behavior Management Policy while working with clients.
  • Design and implement programs or protocols for staff to use consistently with clients
  • Observe all fire safety, evacuation and emergency procedures
  • Maintain an orderly, clean, safe and secure environment for clients
  • Provide support to clients in the performance of self-care and independent living skills, according to their developmental level and physical ability and which respects the client’s right to privacy
  • Physically assist students or clients in one and two-person lifts and transfers
  • Provide for the safety of clients in situations where they exhibit difficulty in controlling their behaviors as outlined in the behavior management plan
  • Physically assist clients in medical emergencies, such as seizures
  • Assist in providing consistent and positive learning experiences for clients
  • Assist in promoting the development of independence, self-confidence, social skills, and positive behavior with clients
  • Provide appropriate social and behavior modeling and guidance for clients
  • Take initiative to plan activities that meet the developmental level of the client.  Prepare for the activity by making certain that equipment is ready and in operating condition; rules are clear; and the area is safe.
  • Provide a positive role model for clients
  • Foster community integration through lessons
  • Provide written observations of critical and relevant student information to the staff communication log
  • Communicate all relevant student medical information and observations to the program supervisor
  • Participate in regular staff team meetings and other meetings as assigned by supervisor
  • Keep accurate, detailed records according to the prescribed format
  • Assist in the ongoing communication with families of clients
  • Provide in-service training for job site staff and serve as liason to employers
  • Must have ability to work independently.

Education and/or Experience                                                                                                           
Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Rehabiltation or related field with a minimum of 1 - 2 years of experience working with students who have special needs and working with students in a vocational setting.  Must be currently certified or willing to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
Preference will be given to individuals with the following qualifications:

  • Current certifcationsuch as:
    • ACVREP certification for dual TVI/COMS (eligible for ACVREP certification in COMS)
    • ACVREP certification (COMS, CVRT, CLVT)
    • Appropriate Massachusetts or National certification for field of expertise
    • Massachusetts teacher certification in Vision Impairments
    • Massachusetts teacher certification in related field (ie. Eductaion, social work
    • ASHA certification
    • NRA certification
  • Prior experience working with school age students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities or who are deafblind
  • Experience & expertise in assistive/adaptive technology

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.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Contact Information
Daniel O'Connell
Perkins School for the Blind
Resumes should be sent to address specified in the job description.: 
Wed, 2018-02-28
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