ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

OF TEACHERS OF STUDENTS WITH

VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS


If you are thinking of pursuing a career working with students who have visual impairments, you might like to know a little more about the roles and responsibilities of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). Unfortunately, students often have a skewed notion of what "blind teachers" do. They may have seen plays or movies about persons who have visual impairments, and they assume that most of us are like Helen Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan. Of course, that's not an accurate look at the types of jobs the TVI performs. The duties which we DO perform, however, have been outlined very comprehensively in a position paper developed by our professional organization, the Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The paper was actually written by Dr. Susan Spungin, who works for the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and Dr. Kay Ferrell from the University of Northern Colorado. Simply click the icon below to read the paper.