Instructors of persons with disabilities (NOC 4215)

About this job

Instructors and teachers of persons with disabilities:

  • teach children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities communication techniques, such as Braille or sign language
  • teach rehabilitation skills to increase independence and social skills
  • work in rehabilitation centres, specialized educational institutes and throughout the elementary and secondary school system
Common job titles
  • job coach for persons with disabilities
  • teacher - braille
  • teacher - developmental disability
  • teacher - learning disability
  • teacher - physical disability
  • teacher - sign language / lip-reading


Instructors and teachers 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.

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