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JOB TITLE: Special Education Paraprofessional/Materials Preparation Specialist

REPORTS TO: VI Professional and Special Education Administrator


  1. Primary Purpose: Enhance the effectiveness of learning opportunities for students with visual impairments
  2. Qualifications:
    1. Minimum Education/Certification:
      1. High school diploma or GED.
    2. Special Knowledge/Skills:
      1. Use of literary and Nemeth braille for reading, writing, and translation purposes meeting the standards as prescribed by the National Library Service
      2. Typing and keyboarding skills
      3. Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
    3. Office skills:
      1. Take, understand, and relay phone messages to teachers
      2. Type memos
      3. Perform general office duties such as filing, organizing and maintain records
      4. Experience with children with disabilities is strongly preferred.
  3. Major Responsibilities and Duties:
    1. Work with and under the immediate direction of VI professionals
    2. Use braille translation software
    3. Use word processing programs on Apple, Macintosh, or PC computers
    4. Order, return, and distribute large print and braille books under teachers' supervision.
    5. Assist the VI and campus staff with modifications and supplemental services necessary for the education of students with visual impairments
    6. Participate in training on any new VI technology (e.g. software, computers, adaptive assisted devices)
    7. Assist the teacher(s) with:
      1. Planning, production, and organization of instructional material
      2. Individual and/or group instruction activities
      3. Other classroom activities
      4. Promote and maintain educational team goals.
    8. Cooperate with other staff members in the movement of students from one activity to another under the direction of VI professionals
    9. Participate in appropriate inservice education
    10. Accept personal responsibility for the care of school facilities, supplies and equipment
    11. Work toward developing and maintaining, in oneself and in the students, proper attitudes, good work habits, and respect for the rights and properties of others
    12. Operate in accordance with district and campus regulations
    13. Assist with and participate in all school activities (district and/or individual school) cooperatively with teacher(s) to whom assigned.
  4. Evaluation:
    1. Accurate and timely work to be evaluated by VI professionals and special education administration in accordance with school board policy.
  5. Equipment Used:
    1. Typewriter
    2. Computer keyboard
    3. Printer
    4. Braille print computer
    5. Tactual and braille production equipment.
  6. Working Conditions: (as per district procedure)

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.

Approved by __________________________________ Date ________

Reviewed by __________________________________ Date ________