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Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Ability to type a minimum of 50 words per minute
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to learn and demonstrate an understanding of braille

General Job Description

The braillist/tactile materials specialist for children with visual impairments provides braille embossed materials as determined by the VI teacher and the classroom teacher. This position serves teachers of and consultants for children with visual impairments.

Major Responsibilities and Duties

  • If braille is a new skill, participate in a designated braille production program, such as that available through the Library of Congress, Hadley School for the Blind, or North Vista Community College in San Antonio Texas, or other program designated by the school district
  • Transcribe materials including books, workbooks, testing material, and classroom work for students with visual impairments, including tactile maps and graphs
  • Maintain accurate records of all transcriptions
  • Maintain a properly labeled electronic files on all materials, which should be retained for future use
  • Manage time to ensure that materials are available when needed by VI professionals or other team members
  • Make necessary adaptations of materials for students with visual impairments in conjunction with VI teacher
  • Use a variety of techniques to make tactile graphics as directed by VI professionals
  • Remain current in computer technology as it relates to braille production and interfacing with the student’s braille-related assistive technology.
  • Order and maintain an inventory of supplies needed for performance of job duties
  • Maintain a resource file for locating alternative sources of braille materials
  • Coordinate with VI professionals and/or classroom teachers to prepare transcribed materials during the summer
  • Help with activities for the ongoing maintenance of the program for students with visual impairments.

 Professional Standards

  • Complete job duties in a timely manner
  • Maintain an organized work area.

Evaluation

  • The coordinator of the program supervises this position.
  • Accurate and timely work to be assessed by VI professional and special education administration.
  • Evaluation to be performed in accordance with school board policy.