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Teacher of the Visually Impaired Job Opportunity: Full-Time or Part-Time

Organization: iHOPE-NYC

Posted: 1/30/2018

iHOPE Academy in New York City has an exciting opportunity for a licensed Teacher of the Visually Impaired to join our Vision Services team in either a full-time or part-time capacity.

iHOPE is a highly specialized school and rehab clinic serving children with traumatic brain injuries. iHOPE creates a positive and caring environment, providing our students with intensive therapies, individualized education, and many opportunities to smile and laugh with friends and therapists. iHOPE is a 12-month program, that runs from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Students experience a day filled with related service sessions, 1:1 academics, and group activities with their peers.

The Vision Services Department at iHOPE is a warm and supportive environment where TVIs are encouraged to be creative, look for new solutions and ideas, and work as a team with all iHOPE staff members in order to best support our students. We have our own office with extensive supplies and materials, as well as access to private therapy rooms in the school when necessary.

As a Vision Teacher at iHOPE, you will have an individual caseload of students who you will work with in 60 minute sessions either individually, in the classroom, with other therapists, or in small social groups. It is vital to be organized and prepared by reviewing IEPs, medical documents, and vision goals. At the end of each session, a session note is written, and a quarterly progress report is due every 3 months. In preparation for annual IEPs, you will interview family members, observe your students in other therapy sessions, directly assess your students, and write a thorough report with suggestions for classroom adaptations and goals for the following school year.

New TVI graduates are encouraged to apply for this position as on-the-job learning is an important part of our school. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, a positive attitude, a willingness to work in a team, as well as individually. In addition, the Vision Teacher must have a valid NYS license as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and be a graduate of a recognized program as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. A comprehensive benefits package is available for full time staff.

iHOPE-NYC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

Job Type: Full-time with Benefits or Part-time (3 days a week).

Required education:

  • Master's Degree
  • Required licenses or certifications: New York State Education Department License: Teacher of the Visually Impaired
For more information, please contact Shani Chill Cohen, Director of Vision Education Services, at

Contact: Shani Chill Cohen


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