I am a TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired), COMS (Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist), and CLVT (Certified Low Vision Therapist), who has worked in districts and a non-profit organization. I currently teach in Missouri and have previous experience in Texas.
Coming into this school year, I prepared individual “Resources Pages” for my students’ team members, including the paraprofessional who works with me. I have been fortunate to work with several superb paraprofessionals who have made an incredible impact on my students.
Paraprofessionals are educational workers (district requirements for education and training vary) who support students in school under the supervision of a teacher. In the vision field, paraprofessionals may provide direct support to students in class and/or produce braille and tactile materials (some hold various certifications for transcription).
This resource page provides general background information plus specific strategies when working with individual students. In recent years my district has had up to 6 students with visual impairments in one elementary school. The learning curve to meet their varying needs is substantial and intimidating. With district support, I worked to find resources that were targeted to each student’s needs and each staff member’s role. This was intended to give staff the most information in the quickest way possible so that they did not become frustrated watching trainings that were not fully applicable to their roles and students.
It also enabled them to refer back to resources as questions arise throughout the year.
Below is the Para and Transcriptionist Resource Page with Links:
Para and Transcriptionist PD Resources
For the information linked to on teachingvisuallyimpaired.com, you have to create a free login
- You must make a free account. I was originally going to share my info, but I’ve realized that would falsely give me PD hours I didn’t complete.
- Top 10 Tips for Working with Students Who Have Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments | Paths to Literacy
- The Role and Value of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Role of the Classroom Teacher: Great, brief article
- Document about the Expanded Core Curriculum, which are the additional areas students with visual impairments can need instruction in create from teachingthevisuallyimpaired.com
- Human Guide Technique Video Demo
- Building on Patterns: Student 6 will be finishing up kindergarten BOP in the fall. Student 5 will go right into first grade.
- I-M Able Training (I plan to start I-M Able with Student 3 in the fall)
- Perkins: Teaching Braille Reading & Writing
- Reading Instruction for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Nemeth Code Training
- After the Nemeth Training, extensive training through Project INSPIRE for using Nemeth with UEB
- Tactile Aids for Mathematics
- Abacus: Getting Started with the Counting Method | TSBVI Distance Learning | Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired |
- Math Manipulatives: See document by Susan Osterhaus
- Math Teacher Survival Guide by TSBVI
Tactile Books/Experience Books
- Create Tactile Books for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Creating Tactile Books: 5 Tips to Make Books Accessible and Meaningful for Children Who Are Blind, Deafblind or Multiply Impaired | Paths to Literacy
- Experience Books | Paths to Literacy