Welcome to the Department of Field Services
Kansas State School for the Blind Field Services team offers a network of services to support school districts, vision professionals and families throughout the state of Kansas. KSSB is the point of contact for anyone interested in the education of students who have a visual impairment from ages birth to 21. Field Services representatives are located regionally throughout the state to partner with local education agencies.
Director of Field Services
Caption: Map of Kansas divided into regional sections. 28 Western counties in blue, 24 North Central counties in yellow, 14 South Central counties in olive, 21 North East counties in orange, 16 South East counties in green and Wyandotte & Jackson County are light blue. Each color is assigned to a specific Field Service Regional Specialist.
The Field Service team is available to provide unique assessments for students who have a visual impairment as well as provide technical assistance and professional development to educational teams at the local level. In addition, the KSSB Field Services team includes Early Childhood and Family Support Specialists, Kansas Deaf-Blind Project, Kansas Instructional Resource Center, KanLovKids regional and statewide Low Vision Clinics, and KSDE-TASN Pre-Service TVI/COMS project to help recruit and retain vision professional in the field.
How Can We Partner with You?
KSSB Field Service is a statewide resource for schools and families with a child who has a visual impairment, including those with additional needs and/or deaf-blindness. Many of the resources are available free of charge to your district, however a nominal fee is charged for some services and when direct services are provided for unique situations in high need areas. Please contact the Director of Field Services for a Fee for Service listing.
To request services, click on the Request for Service Button.
1. Assessment Services:
Functional Vision Assessment to determine the student’s ability to use his or her vision in a variety of settings and describe the impact of vision loss on learning. Included in the FVA is instructional and environmental modifications, accommodations and suggestions related to specialized instruction.
Learning Media Assessment to determine the most effective learning medium for literacy and communication. Recommendations include appropriate formats for instruction such as print, auditory, tactual, digital or a combination.
Orientation & Mobility Assessment evaluates the ability to travel safely in both familiar and unfamiliar home, school and community environments.
Assistive Technology Assessment is completed to determine accessibility of provided instructional materials and the most effective mainstream or assistive technology needed to access the educational curriculum.
2. Community of Practice:
Field Service Representatives facilitate regional Community of Practice Collaborative Seminars for Teachers of Students who have Visual Impairments, O&M Specialists, Para-educators or Braillist.
3. Technical Assistance
Provide on-site or web-based technical assistance for Special Educators, Classroom Teachers, Administrators and others working with a student who has a visual impairment.
4. Training Opportunities
Collaborate with the Deaf-Blind Project and KIRC to host the annual Vision Symposium and trainings related to effective instructional practices which support students learning/sensory needs. The trainings are offered throughout the calendar year with focus on both the core and expanded core curriculum areas. To view upcoming events, see the Events section.
5. Sponsor Signature Events
The Regional Braille Challenges, Boys & Girls Weekend Events and Extended School Year Summer programs are offered annually to support the needs of student who have visual impairments throughout the state of Kansas.
6. Need a Service Provider?
Locating a service provider in the certification area of Visual Impairment, Orientation and Mobility or Deaf-blindness can be challenging. KSSB is willing to assist your school district to identify a service provider through the Kansas TSVI/COMS Preparation and Mentorship project. This project supports the training of educators to become certified as teachers of students who are blind or have a visual impairment or certified orientation and mobility specialists through finances and mentoring.
Join our Team! KSSB needs caring and dependable people to help serve our students.