Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI)

At least a bachelor degree in special education (most employers prefer a master’s degree) with a focus on visual impairment, mobility, or blindness is a requirement for TVI’s. They are certified under the Department of Education.

TVI’s usually teach children who are visually impaired by applying low vision and blindness adaptive equipment and strategies. They are qualified to teach Braille as well. They often work in schools and are the main case manager for their students. They may solicit additional therapists (such as occupational therapists of vision rehabilitation therapists) to supplement their care and develop specific goals utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to create the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

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