[Pibe-division] Interesting job available at the Maryland School for the Blind

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Sun Mar 13 21:29:20 UTC 2016

Sandy, the school could easily hire a driver who could hae other duties
while the TVI is working with the students.  We need to dispell those old
notions.  It is a job with the state of Maryland and they would have a hard
time refusing that as a reasonable accommodation when we can show you
states and districts all across the country who do that.  Who better to
teach a blind child than a highly qualified blind adult.

On Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 5:09 PM, Sandy Bishop via PIBE-Division <
pibe-division at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> My daughter is receiving services (starting tomorrow) from 2 itinerant
> TVIs working from the Outreach department of MSB on a rotating basis (2 out
> of every 3 days). They are covering the workload for a teacher who recently
> retired in my county. It would be difficult (but not impossible) for a
> non-driving TVI to do this job. They drive an hour from MSB/Baltimore-area
> to my daughter's school to work with her for an hour. They have other
> students at other schools in this county. They have worked in other
> counties in Maryland. Arranging transportation from home (wherever that is)
> to another county/school district, working with a caseload of students,
> possibly not all located at the same school could be a nightmare. In my
> area, public transportation is a joke and I have no idea how reliable or
> timely the other options are. It could be why they are including the
> driving qualification. Not saying it's right, but I can see the
> difficulties of a non-driver to get to the various job/school sites.
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>> Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:44:29 -0500
>> From: Marianne Denning <marianne at denningweb.com>
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>> The requirement for a class C drivers' license is where I believe
>> there is possible discrimination.  Is that an essential function of
>> the job or a reasonable accommodation?  Many blind people have had
>> jobs requiring a the ability to travel from one location to another
>> and different options have been worked out.
>> ​M​
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053
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