KSSB is home to quality programs that reach all corners of the state of Kansas. These unique programs provide significant value to the local school districts, families, and students and deserve recognition. The Coordinators and leaders of each program are highlighted on this page.
A Beautiful Educational Campus
The physical building for KSSB is located in Kansas City, Kansas that contains within their walls both federal and state funded programs. From this 10 acre campus support and services reach students who are blind or visually impaired across the state of Kansas. To view images of buildings go to the campus page.
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. Kansas Lions, Kansas Lions Sight Foundation, Lions Club International Foundation, KSSB and the Kansas Optometric Association support this unique program. Through this funding, 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 KanLovKids 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.
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, paining, music and more. The students on campus enjoy each session designed to support their artistic and creative development. In addition to art lessons, the volunteers from Accessible Arts, designs and creates tactual and interactive bulletin boards for the students and teachers. To learn more about this program visit the Accessible Arts page.
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.