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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

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

  • Work with and under the immediate direction of VI professionals
  • Use braille translation software
  • Use word processing programs and related programs
  • Develop tactile maps and graphs under the direction of a VI professional
  • Order, return, and distribute large print and braille books under teachers’ supervision
  • Assist the VI and campus staff with modifications and supplemental services necessary for the education of students with visual impairments
  • Participate in training on any new VI technology (e.g., software, computers, adaptive assisted devices)
  • Assist the teacher(s) and O&M specialists with:
    • Planning, production, and organization of instructional material
    • Individual and/or group instruction activities
    • Other classroom activities
  • Promote and maintain educational team goals
  • Cooperate with other staff members in the movement of students from one activity to another
  • Participate in appropriate in-service education
  • Accept personal responsibility for the care of school facilities, supplies, and equipment
  • Work toward developing and maintaining proper attitudes, good work habits, and respect for the    rights and properties of others
  • Operate in accordance with district and campus regulations
  • Assist with and participate in all school activities (district and/or individual school) cooperatively, with teacher(s) to whom assigned

Evaluation

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

Equipment Used

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Braille printer
  • Tactile and braille production equipment

                                                                                                                                                              

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

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