For Professionals

Blind or Visually Impaired

Teachers of children and youth who are blind or visually impaired are educators who hold a Master of Education degree specific to the education of these students. The role of this professional is to ensure students have appropriate access to the core curriculum and provide direct instruction in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, and consultation in support of students on their caseload in the home, community and school. The incumbent works collaboratively with the school-based or early childhood team.

Each day, the majority of information we receive comes through vision. To function in everyday life, all people need to learn essential skills to live as independent confident adults. Individuals use vision to examine the actions of others and to view the world around them, incidentally learning many important concepts of life.

Children who are blind or visually impaired may not learn concepts, the very foundation of meaning and language, because of their inability to observe what is going on around them. All areas of development can be impacted by vision loss and there is a high incidence of additional disabilities present for children with this sensory impairment. Due to these complexities it is important to recognize the unique profile of each child in this group of children with a wider range of developmental needs.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Itinerant Teachers are educators holding a Master’s level degree, specific to the field of education for students who are deaf or hard or hearing. Their role is to provide either direct instruction or consultation services in support of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (birth to high school graduation). Service is delivered in communication and collaboration with families and school-based teams.

APSEA Library

APSEA Library and Braille Service is responsible for the provision of Alternate Format materials to support the instructional needs of students who are blind or visually impaired in Atlantic Canada.

The APSEA Library also supplies APSEA staff with professional materials.

To learn more, please email the APSEA Library.