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MedEd Connections Resource Guide: Blind and Visually Impaired (B/VI)


A paraprofessional, also referred to as an aide, instructional assistant, or paraeducator, is in the classroom to provide direct, individualized educational and/or behavioral/social support for all learners under the supervision of a general education teacher, or an intervention specialist/special education teacher. Paraprofessionals are not teachers, but they can help students who are blind/visually impaired (B/VI) access education. Examples of their role include assisting students by reading aloud inaccessible text; scribing; explaining visual settings or pictures; guiding students to classes; facilitating their participation in group activities/discussions; helping them acquire accessible materials; and supporting them with assignments. The role of the paraprofessional is to support the student as he or she learns to access educational information independently.

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See Paraprofessionals: Who They Are and What They Do (