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Education Assistant - Braillist

Posted on: August 11th 2017 at 10:00am
Closes on: August 31st 2017 at 8:00am

Posting Reference Number: 
S 18 ISS 071 REG
Commencement Date: 
September 5, 2017
Continuing, Full Time


Abbotsford School District is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Education Assistant - Braillist. We have a unique opportunity at one of our elementary schools beginning in September.


The overall goal of the Education Assistant – Braillist is to work with students on an individual basis, following established programs in their regular classroom assignments. Also, to prepare Braille transcriptions to assist students in keeping up with their regular assignments.


The braillist will work to assist and support blind and visually impaired students. The braillist prepares materials in braille for students to help them keep up with regular classroom assignments. The person works under the direction and in collaboration with the teacher for the visually impaired and classroom teachers, and under the supervision of the school administrator.

The current salary is $25.60 per hour with a comprehensive benefit package.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed resume outlining qualifications and experience by 4:30 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 via e-mail to the Human Resources Department:


Grade 12 plus one-year Education Assistant or Special Needs training program from a recognized community or technical program

Knowledge of Unified English Braille (UEB), possess UEB certification and/or be willing to begin courses immediately

An understanding of how a visual impairment/total blindness affects learning

Knowledge and experience preparing materials in accessible format; being creative and having a degree of artistic and technical ability to enable production of raised line drawings, tactile images, maps, etc. for student use

Working knowledge of specialized equipment, such as brailler, braille embosser, braille note taker, etc.

Exceptional ability to work in as part of a collaborative team

Proven ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

Proven ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with all internal and external contacts, working collaboratively in a team environment at all times

Ability to determine, judge and select appropriate course of action within the limits of established methods and procedures

Ability to communicate effectively using tact, discretion and diplomacy, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters related to the school district

Ability to be flexible and adaptable

Demonstrated willingness to participate in professional development opportunities as provided by the district

General Description/Duties:

To produce materials in UEB format for classroom and home use (Literary, Math, etc.) at direction of the Vision Resource Teacher and the classroom teacher

To transcribe braille copy into print format

To produce tactile materials for student use

To assist in the monitoring and proper functioning of equipment designed to assist or accommodate student’s needs

To provide input to classroom teacher, if requested, pertaining to braille; to support student in braille if classroom teacher and EA cannot provide the needed assistance

To ensure all materials, aids, and equipment needed by student and teacher are available to ensure student’s maximum participation in all class activities

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Please submit your application before August 31st 2017 at 8:00am to:

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