Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Olympic Educational Service District 114
The Teacher of the Visually Impaired is responsible for providing, in collaboration with the student’s educational team, consultation and/or direct services, to students whose visual functioning interferes with educational performance. This position will serve students in the districts supported by the Olympic Educational Services District 114.
Provides services in schools in the OESD 114 service area – Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.
1. Participate as a team member with responsibility for the identification, eligibility, and determination of appropriate supports and services for all children whose visual impairment may impact their educational performance.
2. Assist districts in making appropriate referrals for vision services.
3. Review ophthalmological reports, assess student’s functional vision, media and mobility. Submit appropriate information and reports to determine educational impact.
4. Maintain student records, including special education reports, sensitive confidential records, assessment data, essential learnings data, cumulative records, orders, and inventory in a timely and orderly fashion.
5. Assist in the development and monitoring of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) for assigned students and modifications of instruction programs to meet individual student needs. Provide other vision services as deemed appropriate by the student’s IEP.
6. Assess student’s functional vision and prepare written reports with information for district’s use.
7. Locate or provide districts with information to locate adaptive materials.
8. Teach district personnel skills needed to instruct or support visually impaired students.
9. Provide direct services for pre-Braille readiness, Braille reading and writing, and adaptive equipment instruction.
10. Conducts screenings for potential referral to special education assessment for determination of eligibility.
11. Consult with physicians and other agencies of the community regarding referrals and mutual exchange of information.
12. Works cooperatively with district staff in an atmosphere of cooperation and collegiality.
13. Advise on the use of specialized equipment and assistive technology to support students in accessing their educational program and curriculum.
14. Perform initial assessments and re-evaluations, participate on IEP teams for all eligible and potentially eligible students.
15. Participate in continuing education to ensure continued professional growth and awareness.
16. Job presence.
17. Cooperation with management team members.
18. Uphold and assist in enforcing administrative regulations and board policy.
19. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect children, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities.
20. Requires the use of multiple communication and technology systems, which may include electronic mail, computers, document cameras, smart boards and web-based resources.
21. Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
1. Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate for Teacher of Visually Impaired.
2. Braille Certification.
3. Demonstrated successful experience with special education programs preferred.
4. Experience equivalency or possession of clinical competence certificate.
7. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination.