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42203 - Instructors of persons with disabilities

Instructors of persons with disabilities teach children and adults using a variety of techniques to facilitate communication, rehabilitation, social skills and increased independence. They are employed in rehabilitation centres, specialized educational institutes and throughout the school system.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • braille instructor
    • instructor of persons who are deaf
    • instructor of persons who are hard of hearing
    • instructor of persons with a learning disability
    • instructor of persons with a mobility impairment
    • instructor of persons with a visual impairment
    • instructor of persons with special needs
    • lip-reading instructor
    • orientation and mobility instructor
    • sign language instructor
    • teacher for persons with intellectual disabilities

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Occupational therapy rehabilitation consultant (See 31203 Occupational therapists)
    • Special education technician - social and community services (See 42201 Social and community service workers)
    • Special needs educational assistant (See 43100 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants)
    • Special needs teacher - elementary school (See 41221 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers)
    • Special needs teacher - secondary school (See 41220 Secondary school teachers)
    • Speech and hearing therapist (See 31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Develop individualized education and intervention plans based on special needs of client to facilitate their readaptation and independence objectives
    • Assess individuals in areas such as physical limitations, orientation and mobility skills, and cognitive, social and emotional barriers to establish client rehabilitation or adaptation goals
    • Assist individuals with physical, intellectual, visual and hearing disabilities or multiple disorders to develop life skills and provide job training
    • Instruct individuals with disabilities and their families in the use of rehabilitative techniques, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and other equipment designed to maximize clients' independence and potential
    • Instruct persons with a visual impairment in reading and writing braille and in the use of special equipment or supports such as human or animal guides, long canes and other adaptive mobility devices
    • Instruct persons who are hard of hearing or deaf in lip-reading, finger spelling and sign language according to individual communication needs
    • Instruct persons who are hard of hearing or deaf in the formation and development of sounds for speech using hearing aids, and other devices and techniques
    • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counsellors, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists, to develop programs for clients' special needs
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of a college program in special education, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, hearing impairment or intellectual disability is required.
    • A bachelor's degree in special education or a related field such as social work or psychology may be required.
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