Paraprofessional IIIA - Visually Impaired Program

Title: Paraprofessional IIIA- Visually Impaired Program


Reports To: Special Education Teacher


Position Purpose: Assist the Special Education Teacher in providing for the physical and instructional needs of students with visual impairments in educational settings.



    • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must meet Kansas State Department of Education {KSDE} requirements for Paraprofessionals assigned to Title I schools {48 hours of college credit or pass approved Paraprofessional assessment.)


Knowledge/ Ability/Skills:

  • Ability to work well with children with disabilities- especially children with visual impairments.
  • Vocal quality coupled with the articulation skills and ability to correctly read tests- worksheets- books- and other assignments which must be put on tape for students` use.
  • Prefer use of literary and Nemeth Braille for reading- writing- and translation
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Typing and keyboarding skills


Physical/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent may be required to use the following skills and abilities during any part of the working day.


Speaking- hearing- visual- reading- writing- word processing- mobility- consistency of temperament- ability to work with a variety of problems at the same time- stamina for working long hours and in stress-producing environments.


Performance Responsibilities:


  • Prepare and Adapt Curriculum/Materials per the Visually Impaired Teacher
    • Must be proficient in the use of literary Braille and/or willing to learn
    • Must be able to Braille using the Nemeth Code and/or willing to learn
    • Prepare and adapt large print materials for visually impaired students as needed
    • Prepare and adapt Braille materials for totally blind students as needed
    • Be proficient and/or willing to learn computer Braille software translations program such as DUXBURY and Braille 2000
    • Must be proficient using the scanner for producing Braille for Braille translation programs
    • Must be proficient using Microsoft Office - Word- Excel- PowerPoint- Publisher and emailing
    • Willing to learn to use CCTVs PICOs- QUICKLOOKS- Magnifiers and Telescopes for students who are visually impaired
  • Compose and Update Inventory Lists
    • Order and record items using Federal Quota Funds for Visually Impaired students
    • Prepare orders using the Visually Impaired budget& catalog through the Visually Impaired Office and keep a list of books and/or materials from the KIRC (Kansas Instructional Resource Center)
    • Box and ship Braille- large print and materials to KIRC at end of year
    • Keep a list of CDs from Recording for the Blind and return when done
    • Keep list of CDs ordered from Talking Books


Ill. Prepare proper forms for purchase or borrow from KIRC- Deaf-Blind Fund- Recording f/t Blind- Stockroom or other vendors

  1. Place orders according to type
    • Federal Quota books and materials from the American Printing House for the Blind are ordered through KIRC
  • Handle correspondence and/or Visually Impaired Office Duties
  • Written and/or Email correspondence.
        • Make contact with American Printing House f/t- Learning Ally (formerly Recording for Blind) regarding availability of texts needed for students.
        • Complete and submit forms for Federal Quota Funds
        • Prepare all forms needed for the Kansas Instructional Resource Center.
  • Office Duties/Telephone Correspondence
      • Design and create forms as needed or required
      • Keep office organized (cabinets- files- bookcases- etc.)
      • Excellent computer skills and problem-solving abilities for the computer when difficulties arise
      • Collect messages and refer them to the Visually Impaired Teacher as needed
      • Call schools to inform them of teacher schedule changes
      • Obtain information on students serviced
      • Give pertinent information regarding Vision Program upon inquiry
  • Organize- Maintain- and Update Visually Impaired Student Files
  • Maintain files on students serviced- including: date of birth- school- principal- teacher- grade- doctor- parents` names and address- parents` phone- evaluation dates for psychological and eye evaluations- doctor`s eye reports- annual needs assessment- any informal testing- any correspondence- progress reports- and I.E.P. information
  • Keep on file- items of past and current for future reference for the Visually Impaired Program.
  • Make Various Local Trips as Required
  • Take and/or pick up student materials at their schools for Brailling or enlarging as needed.
  • Under the Supervision of the Vision Teachers- Work with Individual Students as Required.
  • Attend REQUIRED District lnservices for Required Hours: 20 hours per year.


Terms of Employment:


Duties based on a 7 hour work day- 35 hours per week; 9 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.




Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of classified employees.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 05/30/2019

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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