4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities

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Lead statement

Instructors of persons with disabilities teach children and adults using a variety of techniques to facilitate communication, rehabilitation, social skills and increased independence. They are employed in rehabilitation centres, specialized educational institutes and throughout the school system.

Example Titles

  • braille instructor
  • instructor of persons with a mobility impairment
  • instructor of persons who are deaf
  • instructor of persons who are hard of hearing
  • instructor of persons with a learning disability
  • instructor of persons with a visual impairment
  • instructor of persons with special needs
  • lip-reading instructor
  • orientation and mobility instructor
  • sign language instructor
  • teacher for persons with intellectual disabilities

Main duties

  • Instructors of persons with disabilities perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Develop individualized education and intervention plans based on special needs of client to facilitate their readaptation and independence objectives
    • Assess individuals in areas such as physical limitations, orientation and mobility skills, and cognitive, social and emotional barriers to establish client rehabilitation or adaptation goals
    • Assist individuals with physical, intellectual, visual and hearing disabilities or multiple disorders to develop life skills and provide job training
    • Instruct individuals with disabilities and their families in the use of rehabilitative techniques, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and other equipment designed to maximize clients' independence and potential
    • Instruct persons with a visual impairment in reading and writing braille and in the use of special equipment or supports such as human or animal guides, long canes and other adaptive mobility devices
    • Instruct persons who are hard of hearing or deaf in lip-reading, finger spelling and sign language according to individual communication needs
    • Instruct persons who are hard of hearing or deaf in the formation and development of sounds for speech using hearing aids, and other devices and techniques
    • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counsellors, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists, to develop programs for clients' special needs

Employment requirements

  • Completion of a college program in special education, rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, visual impairment, hearing impairment or intellectual disability is required.
  • A bachelor's degree in special education or a related field such as social work or psychology may be required.


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