Vision Forward, a cutting edge non-profit organization, is currently seeking a full-time Teacher for the Visually Impaired to work primarily with the birth to six population.
Vision Forward is recognized as the premier agency serving people of all ages with vision loss in Southeastern Wisconsin. We empower, educate and enhance the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions. Our vision is that all individuals with vison loss have reached their full potential to lead active and independent lives.
Responsibilities to fulfilling the Vision Forward mission:
- Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
- Provide exceptional customer service.
- Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent, and family-friendly environment.
Teacher for the Visually Impaired
- Conducts initial evaluations in accordance with performance indicators, center policies or collaborating agencies requirements for each child referred to Children Services in their natural environment, school or at Vision Forward. The evaluation will assess the child’s current level of functional vision and the impact is has on in the following domains: Health and Physical Development, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication, Approaches to Learning and Cognition and General Knowledge with emphasis on The Expanded Core Curriculum.
- Develops an individualized educational plan for every child in conjunction with parents and child’s team that includes measurable goals. Monitors and documents child’s progress with regard to established vision goals, overall developmental objectives and parental input.
- Identifies and establishes a plan for each child’s emerging literacy needs, including Pre-Braille, Braille or large print and/or the use of equipment such as magnifiers, lighting, filters, etc.
- Conducts individualized vision education/braille sessions in the child’s home, school or Vision Forward Association in accordance to center policy and performance standards.
- Works collaboratively with classroom teachers and physical, occupational and speech therapists, to meet each child’s individual needs.
- Acts as a resource to parents and other team members regarding each child’s visual function and appropriate interventions and adaptations.
- Introduces pre-braille skills and begins to teach braille when the child is ready.
- Teaches students techniques that enable them to move about the environment independently in consultation with Orientation and Mobility Instructor.
- Identifies appropriate toys, arts and crafts supplies, equipment and other materials that can be used with the child to ensure the child’s vision needs are met and to aid families in providing appropriate activities and or materials for their child.
- Formulates anecdotal notes for each child at point of service that documents the child’s progress towards their individual goals and objectives that are measurable and includes coaching in the electronic medical records.
Pay and Benefits:
- $55,000 – $65,000 based on experience
- Health Insurance
- Dental and vision insurance
- Short term and long-term disability
- Paid time off
- Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
- Company provided cell phone and laptop
- Strong, experienced, supportive team
The perfect candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Education, from a four-year college or university, with specialization as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Specialization in Orientation and Mobility preferred.
- Maintains a current DPI license and certification.
- A valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, proof of insurance and use of a personal automobile is required.
- Ability to effectively communicate with children, parents, professionals and other employees of Vision Forward.
- Experience in cross-cultural environments.
- Good computer skills and competent in Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, and Excel. Ability to use an electronic medical record system.
- Clear understanding of HIPAA and privacy regulations.