TVI/Literacy Specialist

Program: Secondary Program
Schedule: Full-time, 37.5 hours/week

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Provide direct instruction to improve literacy skills to students with vision impairment and additional disabilities to preschoolers and school age children (K- 12) and their teachers/professionals on the Perkins Watertown campus. Work with the on campus evaluations department providing independent vision assessments including LVE (CVI range), and LMA. Some of the children may have additional disabilities. Responsibilities include: student assessments, development and implementation of individual education plans, consultation to and in-service training for on campus education professionals, maintaining communications among team members in the ELC, LS and Secondary programs, preparation of lessons and materials for each individual student, maintaining professional credentials, and paperwork associated with evaluations, contract services, reports and billing.

Responsibilities include:

If not already having the CVI endorsement, participate in trainings to obtain the endorsement within a pre-determined time frame under the guidance of the on campus CVI Program Manager
Read records, observe and assess students, consult with other on campus generalists, specialists, and parents or other caregivers, review individual education plans (IEPs).Utilize this information to prepare goals, objectives and lessons based on program approved curriculum or other appropriate resources to meet the students' needs.
Prepare and provide instruction through oral presentations, discussions, demonstrations, hand-on activities, modeling, and direct experiences.Produce or secure Braille, enlarged print, oral or tactual material or compensatory devices needed to help the student arrive at appropriate goals.
Using objective criteria, assess student progress through evaluation of tasks and assignments and report each quarter or according to IEP requirements on student progress in meeting individual objectives.Prepare other reports in the format prescribed by the program supervisor.Meet the program deadlines for submission of completed reports.
Participate in meetings and serve as a member of the team which is responsible for development and delivery of programs for each student and for overall program planning.
Communicate with parents, sending school districts, or others, to assure continuity of individual programs.
Recommend goals and objectives for future programming of individual students and submit these in writing.Make scheduling recommendations when appropriate.
Promote the student's development of good work habits, good health habits, acceptable behavior and appropriate levels of independence.
Provide appropriate structure and discipline to maintain order and provide a positive learning experience in the teaching situation, and within the different programs
Plan and supervise activities in a manner which will safeguard the health and safety of students and assume responsibility for students under the teacher's supervision in an emergency.
Design educational programming commensurate with the current best practice in the field of Special Education including: Functional curriculum; Age-Appropriateness; Integration of related services; Context-based instruction; Expanded Core Curriculum, or as determined by appropriate assessments.
To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Special Education and DESE certified TVI, Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies as a Reading Specialist

•First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) required

Preference will be given to candidates with:

•Two years of experience working with preschoolers, and/or school age children with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

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.


Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.

Perkins is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age. A

compendium of those regulations can be found at….

The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding discrimination:

Name and Title: Michele Crews, Director of Human Resources

Address: 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Telephone Number: (617) 972-7671

E-mail Address: Michele.crews [at]

Inquiries concerning the application of each of the federal statutes and their implementing regulations to Perkins may be referred to Ms. Crews or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921.

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