Instructors and teachers of persons with disabilities perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Instruct students who are blind or visually impaired in reading and writing Braille and in the use of special equipment
B. Instruct students who are deaf or hearing impaired in lip-reading, finger spelling and sign language, according to individual communication needs
C. Instruct students who are hearing impaired in formation and development of sounds for speech using hearing aids and other devices
D. Instruct individuals with physical disabilities and their families in the use of rehabilitative techniques, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and other equipment designed to minimize the effects of a disability
E. Assist individuals with intellectual impairments and physical disabilities to develop life skills, and provide job training and support.
1. To work as an instructor or teacher of persons with disabilities, you usually need a bachelor's degree in special education or a related field such as psychology or social work. In some instances, a community college diploma and appropriate experience may replace a university education.
2. You must finish an appropriate training program in rehabilitation or special education.
3. To be a teacher working in public schools, you need a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.
4. To be an instructor of persons who are blind, you need certification by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
5. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have an undergraduate university degree.
1. Social Studies
2. English (Communication)
3. A Second Language
The average hourly wages for Instructors and Teachers of Persons with Disabilities is $23.40/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.