In order to meet the needs students with vision loss have, teachers need to receive specific training. Students who are blind must also receive specialized materials, such as books, equipment, and technology, to ensure they have equal access to the general curriculum. Teachers must be comfortable working with Braille and have access to personal development opportunities as they continue learning along with their students. Additionally, teachers work with students who have vision loss on their balance, body awareness, sensory/spatial awareness, and the use of canes and guide dogs.
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Minimum Degree Requirement: The requirements for teachers working with students who are deaf and blind vary state-to-state. At the minimum, teachers are required to have earned at least a bachelor’s in special education, an additional certification or license is required in different locations.