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teachers with wet macular degeneration

have anyone successfully kept the job or beem assisted to use their skills as a teacher within the system. I am Australian but need to find some points of negotion. I am not legally blind but can nonger drive, read without magnification, or more importantly do yard supervision, cross in charge of children etc. I am studying counselling but my department is not supportive about any role where I cannot do all classroom supervision tasks.I do not qualify for income protection insurance so Im using sickdays and long servive leave but when this runs out i am on the job marlet to all intents and purposes. I nedd to talk to others who've discovered salaried jobs similar to teaching

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Re:teachers with wet macular degeneration



I am not sure if you have posted on the careers in Education message board, but that would be a good idea. I will check to see if you have done so.

I was a teacher and know teachers with visual impairments all over the United States. Our system and terminology is different, but I can try to answer.

If you are saying that you are itinerant and have to travel from school to school -- some schools and states in the United States will aid in this as an accommodation. Most will not pay for all of the driver's time. Some will pay for 50 percent or 60 percent, some will pay all. Every area is a little different.

Have you looked for a teaching job where you don't have yard responsibilities or have an aid? In the U.S., special education typically has a 1 to 12 ratio and may include an aid at times. In this case, there would be another teacher. Have you discussed with the school about accommodating supervision in the yard for another job task or duty? Would it be possible to bring in a part time or volunteer aid to assist. A lot of schools in the United States utilize these aids to help with recess. The cost would be minimal (hourly).

Have you created a dialog with the school about possibilities? Have you spoke to other visually impaired teachers in your country. I know you have to have others there. I would contact your local blindness organization to find some contacts.

You can definitely post on our Education Careers message board to get input from our education professionals. I will try my best to offer advice as a former teacher.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


Re:teachers with wet macular degeneration



Hi,

I am so sorry for all the difficulties you are experiencing with your school board. I am totally blind and teach full time in a regular elementary school class (grade three this year). I am in Canada so circumstances for this country, could be quite different.

Here, it is mandatory that I do the required teacher duty supervision. In the past on outside yard duty, I have created a team of older students who acted as vision support for me. They were additional eyes when there were difficulties and could direct me to asituation quickly or in the case of small situations, particularly with younger children, would bring a little one to me. Children want their recess to be fun and there were few difficulties. The difficult part for me was a lot of ice on a steep hill in winter which made it a challenge for me and my guide dog. currently I do not have an outdoor duty and cover recess duty in kindergarten class, as the children in our kindergarten play outside for the second twenty minutes of break and are inside the first twenty minutes. As Joe S. has indicated, perhaps you can explore alternate duty responsibilities to outside yard duty.

I do have the support of an aid who's primary work responsibilities are administrative. She marks student work that I give her the marking guides/answer keys for and records all marks in my tracking binder. In class I use a lap top with a screen reader, scanning technology and a projection system.

If your school supports a resource teacher role, that might facilitate going into classrooms and working with individuals or small groups of students or withdrawing students to a separate room to work with you.

What grade level do you teach?

Older students can submit work to you using the computer so you could read and respond, depending on your subject area?

Please feel free to write back with more questions.

Sharon B.
cc mentor (message board monitor)


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