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.
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 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.
An Atlantic Partnership emerged from a belief on the part of the Deputy Ministers of Education and Early Childhood Development of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island along with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) that the partner provinces could benefit from a collaborative relationship in the provision of services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This inter-provincial collaboration enables the sharing of best practice, professional development, training, and resources that will help ensure each province operates at the highest, leading edge standard.