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.
Want to learn more about paraprofessionals?
See Paraprofessionals: Who They Are and What They Do (understood.org)