Teachers for the visually impaired are responsible for teaching students how to read and write using special equipment or the Braille system. They are employed primarily by educational institutions, either those which specialize in teaching the visually impaired or standard schools with departments which focus on students with disabilities.
The primary objective of these teachers is to help students with visual impairments meet their unique educational needs and earn their education successfully. Their work may consist of a variety of duties, including establishing clear learning objectives for students, preparing lesson plans and curricula, and evaluating students' progress. As different students have different levels of impairment, these teachers must adjust their curricula to meet every child's needs. For completely blind students, they will have lessons transcribed into Braille. Aside from academic studies, they may also help students develop practical abilities, such as food preparation and managing hygiene.
Those in this position generally work indoors during regular business hours. Their work is nonphysical, but requires very careful thought and planning. They interact with many people on a daily basis, primarily students and other staff, and may also have close relationships with parents of students. Teachers for the visually impaired are generally required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant educational field, as well as a certification specific to their state.
Teacher, Visually Impaired Tasks
Assess student's visibility and prepare individualized training programs, implementing established models.
Attend staff meetings and parent/guardian conferences, informing parents/guardians of student's progress and needs.
Report student progress, updating and maintaining student files.
Prepare lesson plans and instruct students, utilizing tools, such as braille and low vision devices.
Monitor and evaluate student’s progress, altering training programs and lesson plans to adhere to student needs.