Jan 13, 2024

Technology Specialist, CATIS Certified, Teacher of the Visually Impaired

  • TrulyHired
  • Watertown, MA, USA
Full-time Teaching

Job Description

Perkins is more than a school; we are an international NGO dedicated to working in 100 countries for over 100 years to help children with multiple, complex disabilities and visual impairments and their families. We are unlocking opportunities and igniting change. At Perkins, we think courageously, we are collaborative and we take ownership. Join a community of growth! Join our collaborative community of educators as the TVI/Technology Specialist who performs a number of duties to enhance opportunities for students and staff through use of assistive technology. Help us be the school with leading expertise in assistive technology while developing your professional growth and leadership skills. Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following: Collaborate with other Technology Specialists and leaders to identify an assessment framework/model for campus students and outside evaluations; in the development of an assistive technology curriculum progression and of a model for completing technology trials Review and implement (Low Vision Clinic, Eval) recommendations by interpretation of medical eye reports and provide analysis of medical implications for optimizing visual functioning and assessment of functional limitations Assist with personal technology acquisition (through districts, adult agencies, school loan) Guide teams in assessing assistive technology needs across settings Collaborate with IEP teams in the development and implementation of individualized and evidence-based objective-based learning and intervention programs Support teams by coordinating ECC Reviews Identify and share local, regional and national resources with teams Attend campus appointments and support LV Clinic liaison as needed Support staff in acquiring skills needed to implement use of student technology Assist in integrating appropriate and innovative technologies to support, enhance, and extend learning across Educational Programs Stay at the forefront of Assistive/Ed Technology by participating in professional communities, attending conferences/trainings, and providing visibility Provide mentorship as assigned Campus Leadership/Continuous Improvement Tasks In coordination with school success planning, prioritize, organize and implement comprehensive professional development activities on assistive technology currently in-place as well as 'new to Perkins' technologies and successful integration into classrooms and residential settings. Collaborate with Ed Directors, Technology Liaisons and IT Directors for cross-discipline decision making. Working with the research coordinator. research emerging technologies, make recommendations for possible trials of new software/hardware to support instruction and student independence and share ideas and information with other experts in the field. Assessment and Instructional Tasks Provide instructional support (AT, compensatory strategies, Braille) for staff and students (40%-50%) Complete FVEs/LMAs (5%-10%) Assess student AT needs and identify appropriate curriculum (30%) Perform other duties as assigned Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Knowledge of the Massachusetts Frameworks and understanding of the expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written Ability to maintain confidential information Ability to work with diverse populations Ability to interact in a consultative professional manner Demonstrated strong organizational skills Ability to prioritize and manage several responsibilities concurrently Ability to utilize available resources and creative problem solving skills in supporting the growth and performance of teaching staff Knowledgeable about the impact of vision impairment on development, classroom learning and community access Knowledge of state and federal laws regarding the education of students with visual impairments and other disabilities Education and Experience Masters Degree in Education and experience working with students with multiple disabilities in a school and community setting. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations ACVREP Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist or Certification as Massachusetts Teacher of the Visually Impaired with commitment to acquire such certification within one academic year. We have benefits that put you first, including an employer contributing retirement plan, tuition reimbursement from day one, professional development for our employees, personal days, paid time off and paid sick leave. Our campus is quaint, charming and historical, a perfect mix of legacy and modern buildings. It is located in the heart of Watertown, adjacent to the Charles River and a 5 minute drive from food & entertainment at Arsenal Yards.

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