Instructors of persons with disabilities (NOC 4215)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 17.50$
Median 27.52$
Maximum 32.28$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
15,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Significant seasonality

Nature of work

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.

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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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