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TITLE: Special Education Paraprofessional


REPORTS TO: Principal, Director of Special Populations, and Teacher(s) Assigned

Primary Purpose:

Assist the VI professional in providing for the physical and instructional needs of students with visual impairments in education settings.


  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
    2. 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 students' use
    3. Typing and keyboarding skills (50 wpm)
    4. Effective communication and interpersonal skills
    5. Office skills:
      1. take, understand, and relay phone messages to teachers
      2. type memos
      3. produce VI office forms
      4. know teachers' schedules and how to contact them.
  3. Some experience with children who have impairments is preferred.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

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

Equipment Used:

  1. Typewriter
  2. Computer keyboard
  3. Printer
  4. Braille print computer
  5. Tactual and braille production equipment.

Working Conditions:

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

***Paraprofessional are generally shielded from personal liability for acts occurring within the scope of his/her 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.

Approved By ________________________________ Date ______________

Reviewed By ________________________________ Date ______________