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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.

Office Skills

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

General Job Description

The job duties of the paraprofessional are to be accomplished under the supervision of and to the specifications of the appropriate VI professional staff. They work in conjunction with general and special education teachers, and

Major Responsibilities and Duties

  • Answer phones
  • Complete reports, forms, and other documents
  • Contact schools to relay messages
  • Keep daily schedules of VI teachers and O&M specialists
  • Inventory and distribute materials and equipment
  • Maintain and file program records
  • Update student directory
  • Maintain current forms
  • Arrange for repairs of equipment
  • Distribute mail
  • Make photocopies
  • Secure and maintain office supplies

Other Duties

  • Make home visits, with VI professional(s) as necessary
  • Deliver materials and equipment

Material Preparation

  • Braille, record, or enlarge textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, and diagnostic tests that are not available through state agencies
  • Prepare tactile maps and graphs as needed for instruction and testing
  • Acquire and implement any necessary updates in computer technology as it applies to braille and large print production

Evaluation

  • Accurate and timely work, evaluated by VI professionals and special education administrator(s) in accordance with school board policy.