Kansas State School for the Blind Transition Program
The Kansas State School for the Blind Transition Program is a one-year specialized program. An option to renew the program is based on team member decisions and progress toward goals identified in the “Service Plan.”
- Yearlong (August-May) program
- Expanded Core focus
- Individualized instruction
- Self-determined students
- College, technical school or on-the-job training track
- Independent apartment living experience
QUOTE: “My students who went through this program grew so much. I would proudly recommend it.” — Anne Gurss, TSVI
The following documents must be provided prior to the student’s arrival on campus in August.
- Recommendation from a TSVI
- Contact with a “case manager” (either from VR or DD)
- Completed application packet for KSSB Transition Program
- Completed person-centered plan with goals identified
- Meeting with transition staff in the candidates’ home community/school
- Approval from school district to support applicant and provide transportation
- Signature indicating commitment from student
- Signature indicating commitment from parent(s)
Steps to apply for the KSSB Transition Program:
- Arrange a visit to our campus.
- KSSB and district staff meet to discuss the viability/cost/procedures of the student attending the Transition Program.
- An action plan is developed to outline the commitment required of all involved.
- Student arrives at KSSB in August to begin Transition Program.
- $1000 yearly fee to be paid to KSSB by the local district for provision of services, including but not limited to: room & board, meals, instruction in O&M, social skills, DLS, assistive technology, self-advocacy, and other skills as identified by the team.
- Transportation costs paid by the local district
Use the button below to begin the transition request process.
Transition Program Areas of Emphasis
- Gain awareness of the large array of occupations
- Explore individual interests and abilities
- Develop skills to conduct an effective job search
- Enroll at Kansas City Kansas Community College while learning the skills necessary for college success:
- Determine beneficial accommodations & beneficial accessible formats
- Obtain accommodations, technology, and supplies
- Use college student support office & vocational rehabilitation services
- Organize and prioritize daily coursework
- Gain valuable work experience at a variety of local businesses to develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment
- Attend classes at the KCKCC Technical Education Center (TEC) to gain training and certification in one of 21 different Technical Programs
Independent Living Skills
- Develop skills to live independently by graduating from the dorm, to an on-campus apartment, and finally to an on campus cottage as appropriate
- Practice budgeting, banking and money management
- Organize and maintain personal living space
- Practice personal hygiene, grooming, and clothing care
- Time management
- Plan, purchase supplies, and prepare meals
- Orientation and mobility skills
- Opportunities for advanced travel skills, including planning own travel, using public transportation and street crossings
Assistive Technology Skills
- Practice and improve skills in using assistive technology to access print, internet and learning platforms:
- Computers with screen readers and magnification
- Electronic note takers
- Electronic magnifiers
- Braille translation software
- Improve skills in braille or utilize low vision devices to read, write, and gather information in the most efficient way; organizational skills are emphasized
- Expand academic knowledge or specialized skills
- Describe to others about their visual impairment in everyday language. Describe effective accommodations and how they learn best.
- Practice advocacy skills in all environments – at the college, on the job, in the apartment, and on community outings.
- Students practice social skills formally through classes and informally through participation with others on or off campus.
- Students practice tailoring conversations to a variety of audiences.
Click on pdf icon to download the PDF Transition Brochure.