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ACS is seeking a Braille Specialist

Ada Christian School is looking for a person who is called to use their God given gifts and abilities to produce and coordinate the production of braille and accessible materials, in consultation with the teacher of the visually impaired, to ensure the student’s access to the general education curriculum.

Reports to: Principal and Director of Student Support Services

Qualifications:

Education/Experience

  • Holds a high school diploma
  • College degree preferred
  • Commitment to the mission of Christian education and an in-depth understanding of and commitment to the Reformed tradition of Christianity.

    Personal Traits

    • Faithful follower of Jesus Christ, active church member in a Protestant church
    • Dependable, responsible and conscientious
    • Friendly, cordial personality
    • Demonstrates flexible behavior
    • Desire to learn
    • Demonstrate support for the mission, vision and goals of Ada Christian School (ACS) as stated in the ACS Statement of Beliefs.

      Job Description

      • Work closely with and under the direction of a teacher consultant of the visually impaired (TCVI).
      • Communicate with the TCVI regarding information pertaining to areas/subjects needing additional support, upcoming events, or observed barriers to the student’s learning.
      • Transcribe curriculum materials (textbooks, teacher-made materials, pictorial layouts, math and science notations, workbooks) into accessible formats (braille, auditory, tactile, electronic, OCR) using various tools and devices (embossers, printers, refreshable braille displays, tactile image enhancers).
      • Interpret visual information and provide audio descriptions of the environment and/or classroom that are meaningful and appropriate from the student’s perspective.
      • Provide accessible content on-the-fly.
      • Create an environment conducive to learning that parallels the physical, social, and developmental levels of the student assigned to them.
      • Assist in helping the student become as independent as possible.
      • Participate in METs, IEPs, and team meetings and assist in recording progress towards goals.
      • Assist teachers and instructors, including academic and non-academic (art, music, PE, foreign language, technology) in understanding the most productive way to include the student in group and classroom activities.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • Must have knowledge and skills necessary to determine most appropriate methods for adapting materials and producing quality braille.
      • Must be knowledgeable, or will complete training or course work to acquire knowledge of UEB contracted braille (Grade II) and Nemeth Code in textbook format.
      • Must be knowledgeable, or will complete training, in BANA code for transcriber’s notes, tactile graphics, formatting, and other braille codes.
      • Must have working knowledge of other braille codes as needed for music, chemistry, computer braille, foreign languages, etc.
      • Must be knowledgeable in technology such as: braille technology, audio technology, Google platforms, online platforms, braille translation software, and screen readers including:
        • Duxbury/Braille Blaster
        • Scientific Notebook
        • Bookshare
      • Must be able to operate a variety of office and braille equipment including printer, copier, braille embosser, book binder, paper cutter, computer and assigned braille translation software, thermoform copier, tactile image enhancer.
      • Must be able to adapt and interpret text, pictures, and graphics, and construct meaningful tactile graphics (geometric shapes, scatter plots, charts, graphs, maps, pictures, diagrams, tables, descriptors, and other tactile displays) from the perspective of the visually impaired student under the supervision of the TCVI.
      • Must be able to operate and assist student in the operation and care of adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and materials (such as BrailleNoteTouch+, abacus, MathWindow, MantisQ40, Victor Reader Stream, iPad, Perkins Brailler, etc.).
      • Must become familiar with various sources for braille materials.
      • Assumes responsibility for learning and adapting to the student’s special physical, communicative, and emotional needs.
      • Assists the student to understand classroom assignments and utilize organizational systems to foster independence.

      Knowledge Skills and Abilities

      • Must be able to communicate professionally and effectively in oral and written forms.
      • Must be able to understand and follow oral and written directions.
      • Must maintain cultural awareness and sensitivity.
      • Must work cooperatively with students, staff, and team members.
      • Must demonstrate understanding of the instructional needs of students who are visually impaired.
      • Must be able to work independently.
      • Must maintain confidentiality.
      • Should develop and maintain in oneself and in the students, proper attitudes, good work habits, and respect for the rights and properties of others.
      • Must follow district policies and procedures.
      • Must follow directions, manage time, and prioritize work in an efficient manner to complete braille and material preparations as needed by a deadline.
      • Must demonstrate effective troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
      • Must be able to seek and use technical assistance available within the state and beyond for specialty areas such as braille music, foreign language, and computer braille.

      Hours of Employment:

      • Monday - Friday
      • Approximately 35hrs per week

        Ready to Apply?

        Here's what we need to know.

        Basic Information

        Name
        Address
        Phone
        Email

        We'd also like to see:

        • a cover letter
        • a resume
        • a list of references (with relevant contact information)

        Provide the following information:

        1. Please tell us about yourself, including church membership and involvement, family, and activities you enjoy.

        2. Describe your relationship with Jesus Christ and share how that influences your work.

        3. What kinds of educational and work experiences have you had to prepare you for this position?

        4. What strengths would you bring to as a support to teachers and students?

        5. Why are you seeking a position at Ada Christian School?

          Include the following statement and data in your response:

          In consideration of the receipt and evaluation of this application by Ada Christian School, I agree and represent that the information contained in the application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I also authorize any references listed on this application, or not identified in this application, to provide Ada Christian School, if asked, information regarding my character and fitness for employment.

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          Date

          Submit Your Application

          Please email the information listed above to Kevin Sall, Principal.

          Ada Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Prior to employment, all candidates must undergo a background check that includes fingerprinting and a performance check with former employers, in accordance with state law.