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Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Experience with children with disabilities is preferred

Special Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Use of literary and Nemeth braille for reading, writing, and translation purposes
  • Vocal quality coupled with the articulation skills and ability to correctly read tests, worksheets, books, and other assignments which must be put on tape for the students’ use
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs, such as those used for word processing
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Typing and keyboarding skills (50 wpm)

Office Skills

  • Take, understand, and relay phone messages to teachers
  • Produce necessary documents
  • Produce VI office forms
  • Know teachers’ schedules and how to contact

General Job Description

Assist the VI professional in providing for the physical and instructional needs of students with visual impairments in education settings.  The goal is to facilitate instruction and interaction with the environment; act as a bridge to independence, not a barrier.

Major Responsibilities and Duties

  • Uphold and enforce school rules, administrative regulations, and state and local school board policy
  • Assist students who have physical disabilities according to their individualized needs, including transferring to and from wheelchairs, lifting, or positioning
  • Assist students who have physical needs, including personal care needs, such as feeding, bathroom needs, and personal hygiene
  • Assist in managing the behavior of students and in crisis intervention, including restraining disruptive or dangerous physical behavior as needed
  • Assume responsibility for learning and adapting to each student’s special physical, communicative, and emotional needs
  • Work with individual students or small groups in accordance with plans developed by the VI staff
  • Keep the instructional staff (VI, O&M, and others) informed of any special needs or problems of individual students
  • Assist the teacher in preparing instructional materials and classroom displays
  • Assist in inventory, care, and maintenance of equipment
  • Assist the teacher in keeping administrative records and preparing required reports
  • Provide orientation and assistance to substitute teachers
  • Assist in the maintenance of confidentiality of student records
  • Participate in staff development training, faculty meetings, and special events as needed
  • Demonstrate interest and initiative in professional improvement
  • Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of the students
  • Use acceptable communication skills to present information accurately and clearly

Equipment Used

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Tactile and braille production equipment.

Working Conditions

  • Cognitive Demands
    • Reading
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Emotional control under stress.
  • Physical Demands/Environmental
    • Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling
    • Regular heavy lifting
    • Exposure to communicable diseases.

***Paraprofessionals are generally shielded from personal liability for acts occurring within the scope of their employment under Texas Education Code 22.051.  Protection is also available under the state common law doctrine of official immunity.

 


 

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.

                                                                                                                                            

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