• Instruct students with visual impairments, including those with additional considerations, in areas that will enable them to function and participate in the curriculum of the classroom, to include braille reading and writing, abacus, listening skills, and visual efficiency.
• Instruct students in the use of specialized equipment and technology to include computers, tablets, text-to-speech and screen enlargement software, digital magnification devices (desktop and portable), braille notetakers, etc.
• Assess functional performance level of students with visual impairments, including those with additional considerations, for the purpose of developing an IEP to include Learning Media Assessment, Functional Low Vision Assessment, Technology Assessment, CVI Scale, educational performance levels, assessment of compensatory skills, and areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.
• Adapt classroom materials to the appropriate medium for each individual student, to include braille, large print, tactile models or representations, and visual efficiency and CVI modifications.
• Serve as a resource for information and provide professional in-service regarding blindness and visual impairment as it affects learning and development.
• Consult with classroom teachers, therapists, special area teachers (Art, PE, Music, etc.) regarding program development and/or adaptations.
• Train and supervise Instructional Assistants assigned to students with visual impairments, including those with additional considerations.
• Maintain reports and records within the digital IEP/Records system to include IEPs, Progress reports, initial and re- evaluations, eye reports, and other records related to the student.
• Obtain and maintain within the digital file current vision-related medical reports.
• Prepare orders for braille/large print texts and library books as well as APH supplemental educational materials; documenting receipt and return of all necessary materials.
• Keep abreast of educational technology and adaptive devices, undertaking appropriate training in their use, application and instruction.
• Attend department Professional Learning Community meetings and other department/staff meetings as appropriate.
• Adhere to district/school guidelines and requirements.
• Advocate for students’ educational rights and provision of service.
• Provide parents of students with visual impairments, including those with additional considerations, information regarding community resources that may support and enhance parenting skills with visually impaired children.
• Maintain ongoing communication with parents of visually impaired students
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Appropriate Certification Requirements
*Hold a valid Arizona teaching certificate (A.R.S § 15-502.B)-Intern, Provisional, Reciprocal or Standard-
-Early Childhood Birth-Age 8 or Grade 3, OR
-Elementary 1-8, OR
-Secondary 7-12, OR
-Special Education K-12, (Cross-Categorical, Emotional Disability, Learning Disability, Mental Retardation)
*Structured English Immersion (SEI) requirements, AND
*a valid Identify Verified Print (IVF) Fingerprint Clearance Card
Highly Qualified Compliance Requirements
*Bachelor’s Degree AND
*Holds a valid Arizona teaching certificate AND
*Standard Professional Visually Impaired, Birth-Grade 12 Certificate
*Knowledge/Experience in UEB and Nemeth
*Knowledge/Experience in electronic braille transcription (Duxbury)
*Knowledge/Experience with electronic Braille Devices
*Knowledge/Experience in electronic Magnification devices
*Knowledge/Experience in adaptive computer software/hardware and keyboarding skills
*Knowledge/Experience in FVA/LMA and CVI scale
* Knowledge/Experience in completing MET/IEP and related documents
*Knowledge regarding local, state, and national resources available to individuals with visual impairments
*Knowledge regarding use and importance of Low Vision aids and their application in the classroom