KSSB is home to quality programs that reach all corners of the state of Kansas. These unique programs provide significant value to local school districts, families, and students.
The Accessible Arts program is housed on the campus of the Kansas School for the Blind. The program provides opportunities for the students to experience the arts from sculpture, painting, music, and more.
Extended School Year
During the summer months, there are many programs or activities offered to enrich the lives of students. KSSB recognizes that for students with a visual impairment, the summer provides an opportunity to extend learning and practice skills of technology, daily living, orientation, and mobility or vocational skills.
KSSB offers on-campus, technical assistance, and family support services for children ages 3-6 who are blind, have a visual impairment or who are deaf-blind.
Transition to life beyond the K-12 school system is a focus at KSSB for students age 18-21 who have met all graduation requirements.
Extended Day Services
KSSB is an educational facility that maintains student residences so that students living beyond daily commuting range may access the school’s educational program through the extended day program.
KSSB Online Braille Music
Braille Music is a code similar to the Unified English Braille Code, in that it has its own set of standards and guidelines to represent music in braille. It is rare for students who read braille to have braille music instruction during their school day. This missed opportunity can put students at a disadvantage as they move through their music studies and are expected to read music by “sight.” To address this need, Jenny Eichner, a music therapist at KSSB, developed a live online Braille Music course using the zoom program. At this time – it is the only live online course in the United States.
Courses in Computer Skills using AT
- Computer and Assistive Technology: The focus of this course is to increase the student’s ability to use assistive technology within the context of programs they use on a regular basis.
- Introduction to Podcasting: At KSSB, there is a small group of students who have been creating podcasts since March of 2020. Listen to these podcasts at Discover Podcasting. If you have a student who would like to eventually participate in a podcasting group, this introductory course is the pre-requisite. This course covers the why, how, etiquette, research and questioning techniques.
Kansas Instructional Resource Center is housed on the campus of KSSB. KIRC assists the Kansas local education agencies obtain materials that support instruction so students can remain and succeed in the most appropriate educational setting, whether public, private, or parochial. The Kansas Instructional Resource Center serves over 1000 students in the state of Kansas. K.I.R.C. maintains their own website. To learn more about the program go to the KIRC webpage.
The KanLovKids Project offers Low Vision Collaborative Clinics (LVCC) and Low Vision Collaborative Clinics + (LVCC+) to children from ages birth through 21 who reside in Kansas. This unique program is provided by The Kansas State School for the Blind, with support from the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation, Lions Club International Foundation, Kansas Lions, and the Kansas Optometric Association. There are 7 low vision optometrists and 2 low vision ophthalmologists, located in 11 locations throughout the state, that provide evaluations at the clinics. To learn more about this beneficial program, visit the opens in a new windowKanLovKids website.
KSSB houses the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project that is funded by an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) award. The project establishes partnerships through the state to support outcomes for students who have both a visual and hearing loss. The focus of partnerships is to increase opportunities for technical assistance, training and support for Kansas families, educators and service providers. To learn more about this project visit the Deaf-Blind Project website.
TSVI/COMS Personnel Prep
Due to shortages nationwide, finding a service provider for students who have visual impairments can be challenging. A lack of awareness that this certification area is an option and limited colleges or universities offering training programs are a couple of reasons for this shortage. To address this need KSDE and Title Services, provide funding to offset the costs individuals encounter when pursuing a certification as a TSVI/COMS. KSSB provides mentoring for students pursuing coursework and administers the overall program. To learn more about obtaining a certification as a TSVI/COM visit the TASN website.
Braille Writer Repair
Members of the Telephone Pioneer Service Organization volunteer one morning a week to repair braille writers. Finding an individual who knows how to repair a Braille Writer can be challenging. James Fowler has repaired braille writers for 8 years and Robert Easterwood for 10 years. In addition to braille writer repair they build the beeper eggs for the annual KSSB Easter Egg Hunt. We are thankful to the dedicated Telephone Pioneers! To learn about the history of braille writer repair and how to access the Telephone Pioneers information view the informaiton on the Braille Writer Repair page.