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Can totally blind people become teachers?

Hi,

I was wondering if totally blind people can become teachers? I am legally blind with ROP and have low vision. I am about to turn 37 but the doctors say I have 80 year old eyes so it is possible to lose all my vision one day. What are some careers that totally blind people can do? I was also considering a career as a rehabilitaion specailist helping people who have lost their vision how to cook, clean, manage money, etc. But I really enjoy working with kids so anything kid career friendly would be great. Thanks!

Carol

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Re:Can totally blind people become teachers?



hi there! yes blind people can become teachers :) I have rop in both eyes pretty bad,(have lost all vision in one eye already and the other one is going quick as well) and am 20 years old in second year of college to become a teacher. it is possible you might need a aide in the classroom to help you out, but it is possible.


Re:Can totally blind people become teachers?



I believe a blind person can take profession of a teacher very easily. Now a days due to latest technology for VC it has become quite easy to become teacher or a professor for any VC person. Of course supporting equipments are necessary. On the contrary they can do very excellent work in teaching profession.


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A friend of mine took training to become an assistive technologies instructor on computers. Her problems are transportation and finding students because we live in a large town with limited resources. But anyway, yes it's very possible to become a teacher, just do some planning on what all you might need and keep your mind open for other problems and other solutions.


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Hi Carol,

I am 24, and went to college to become a Spanish teacher. You will need an aide, but you can do a lot of things independently. What garde level are you interested in? I studied secondary education.
The things you will need help with would be grading handwritten assignments and some classroom management. It is possible though. You might consider teaching over the Internet as well.
I hope this helps,
Liz


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Hi Y'all,

Sorry I am just getting back to you. Thank you so much for all the responses. @Liz, I think I would like to teach 2nd grade. I have a BA in Elementary/Special Ed. and am debating to go back for my Master's in either TVI or ECE. But then I got to thinking "what if" and was wondering if I should change career paths all together. It kinda makes it hard to keep an eye on 20 students without being able to see the trouble they are getting into! :)
@ The last poster, sorry I forgot your username....your vision sounds a lot like mine. Scary!
I never really never considered myself disabled or handicapped due to my vision loss but now that I am getting older I notice things that don't come as easy as they use to. Its nice to know there are other people out there who have similar vision problems as me.Thanks again for the responses.

Carol


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HI Carol,

Yeah, what else would you like to do? If you wanted to stay in education, would you be willing to teach English as a second language or kids who are visually impaired? I know that ESL classes can be very small, and teaching VI kids can be a one-on-one thing. Obviously, if my suggestion wouldn't appeal to you, feel free to disregard it.

Liz


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Hi Liz,

I do have an endorsment for ESOL along with my BA in ESE/Elementary Ed. I am seriously considering the TVI program. I also have given some thoughts about doing early intervention or Orienatation and mobility specialist.
What about you? Do you like teaching Spanish? Do you teach the older kids are the younger ones?

Carol


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Hello Carol,

I enjoy teaching Spanish. I teach ESL and Spanish via skype. I should say tutor, as I am working toward my credential. I have my degree, but do not yet have all of my exams. I teach mostly older kids and adults. I have gotten some younger ones.
The tVI program would be great. Have you googled the national association of blind teachers? Maybe that can be a good resource for you. It gave me a lot of reassurance. You pay twenty dollars annually if you are not a certified teachers, and I think it is either $10 or $15 if you are certified.

I hope this helps, and feel free to post again if you need to.

LIz


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Hi Liz,

Thanks for the info. I will look into it. What state are you getting your certification in? Mine is from Florida but I live in PA now so I have to start the certification process over if I want to teach here. Have a good weekend.

Carol


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I taughtpublic high school for many many years before I had to stop. I might have pushd it another year, but with 20/200 in one eye and blind in the other eye, driving 30 miles to work could have been a problem if my ventral vision in my good eye had a problem. Additionally, the negligence I would have set myself up for, not being able to see wat all the students are doing, could have been dangerous and costly, and there have been so many cuts in budgets there would not have been given anaid.
If you want to teach do it over the internet or some otherway, being in a school with students, whom you are responsible for, is a really bad idea.


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