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Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind
  • Position Number: 5185948
  • Location: Talladega, AL
  • Position Type: Disability Services

R-9860 Teacher, Collaborative Hearing Impaired (HI) -Helen Keller School of Alabama

Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind

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R-9860 Reference#31301055151050

Posting Date: April 16, 2024

Candidates who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply for this position and may be given preference in hiring as permitted by federal laws. Information related to disability is not required, and if disclosed voluntarily, will be used only in AIDB's efforts to create opportunities for individuals with exceptionalities. Non-disclosure will not subject any applicant to adverse treatment.

POSITION: Teacher, Collaborative Hearing Impaired (HI)

Helen Keller School of Alabama


Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located throughout the State of Alabama with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state's largest employer of adults who are Deaf, Blind, or DeafBlind. Our employees are among the organization's most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our mission makes AIDB a unique place to work.


Our employees are among our organizations most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work, and we invite you to be a part of the miracles that happen every day.

As a teacher at Helen Keller School (HKS), you will be responsible for working in a specialized classroom with students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf/blind, and/or multi disabled. HKS is committed to meeting our students where they are. The right candidate for this job will have a passion for working with students and colleagues to ensure all students receive a world class education.


The ideal candidate will possess a love for students with multiple disabilities. All students at HKS possess a sensory impairment along with at least one other area of disability. HKS is searching for individuals who have a heart for students with more severe special needs and are willing to do whatever is necessary to provide limitless opportunities for our students.

  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Education from an accrediting university/college.
  • Most hold an Alabama Teaching Certificate in Collaborative Special Education and/or Hearing Impairment or be able to obtain an emergency teacher's certificate within the first six months of employment. Must be able to obtain reciprocity with the State of Alabama within six (6) months of employment.
  • Must be certified in hearing impairment or be willing to gain certification within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Must provide recent documentation of sign language proficiency (SCPI) or take a sign language proficiency evaluation (SCPI) available through AIDB.
  • Must possess a sign language proficiency evaluation of Survival upon employment.

  • Bachelor degree in Collaborative Special Education with a certification in Hearing Impairment (HI).
  • One (1) year or more of classroom experience.
  • One (1) year or more experience working with children with multi-disabilities.

  • Must be able to lift at minimum 50 lbs., to include; pushing, pulling, and bending.
  • Must complete a Foundations in Deaf/Hard of Hearing E-Learning course within the first twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Must complete and maintain CPR/First Aid, Medication and Behavior Management training within 12 months of employment.
  • A sign language proficiency level of INTERMEDIATE according to the AIDB evaluation system must be obtained within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment. (All applicants must provide documentation of sign language proficiency or take a sign language proficiency evaluation available through AIDB.)
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB.


Medication Training

Behavior Management recertification

CPR - every 2 years

Blood Borne Pathogens

Using an AED

Mandatory Reporting - DHR

Policy and Procedure Review

Erin's Law

Jason Flatt Act

SALARY: $45,894.00 - $72,196.00 Scale IC Rank 2T (BS-Rank II Certification)

$53,794.00 - $82,922.00 Scale IC Rank IT (MA-Rank II Certification)

$57,268.00 - $87,629.00 Scale IC Rank AA (AA Certification)

187 Days

Direct deposit is required.

  • Health, dental and vision insurance available
  • Teachers Retirement System (TRS)
  • Deferred compensation options available
  • Paid time off

This is an exempt position, not subject to overtime or compensatory provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


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