PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Board of Education and Services for the Blind this class is accountable for providing specialized evaluation and teaching services of the blind and visually impaired clients with an emphasis on providing independent living skills.
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May supervise Special Assistants to the Blind and lower level Rehabilitation Teachers.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Interviews clients to obtain information regarding effects of blindness on life skills and activities and to determine client limitations; develops an instructional plan based on needs of individual client; evaluates and teaches independent living skills to clients at home, work, school and community center; instructs and evaluates blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled persons in communication skills, such as Braille, reading, writing, typewriting, use of adaptive technology and methods of communicating with deaf-blind persons; instructs blind persons in various daily life skills and activities including leisure time; counsels and provides information regarding using and obtaining special aids and assistive devices; provides advise to families of the blind regarding ways of assisting the blind; reports needs for eye care or other special services to appropriate resources; aids in development of new teaching methods and techniques; aids in evaluation of established courses and content of new course outlines; assists in training of new rehabilitation teaching staff; consults with rehabilitation and casework staff in order to evaluate client needs; confers with other staff and works cooperatively with other agencies regarding cases; prepares evaluation and training reports; maintains case records on assigned caseload; speaks at public meetings; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of individual and group behavior; knowledge of interviewing techniques; knowledge of methods and techniques of teaching the blind and visually impaired; knowledge of current education, social, health and economic problems and their relationship to working with the blind and visually impaired; knowledge of adaptive technology; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to provide counseling and training to clients; ability to read and write Braille or translate printed material into Braille.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college and three (3) years of employment in teaching blind or visually impaired clients.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must be in teaching independent living skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. A Master's degree in the appropriately related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
2. For state employees three (3) years as a Rehabilitation Teacher 1 may be substituted for the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(14)-EDUCATION B (P-3B)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective February 11, 1997. (Revised to modify content)