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 is highlighted on this page. To learn more about each program, click on the defined link.
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 the opportunity to obtain braille music instruction during their school day. This can put students at a disadvantage as they have greater expectations to “sight” read music. To address this need, Jenny Eichner, a music educator at KSSB developed an online course to provide Braille Music instruction online. This is an extremely unique program and may be the only one of its kind in the United States. For more information, click on the Braille Music Online Button.
KSSB Online Algebra 1
Nemeth Code is the recognized code to represent mathematics and scientific formulas in braille. Occasionally a student may have an identified need for Nemeth Code instruction simultaneously and it is rare to find a TSVI who is certified in both Mathematics and as a Teacher of Students who have Visual Impairments. To meet this need, the KSSB mathematics instructor, developed Algebra 1 online. This course covers the same mathematics content in the Nemeth Code format. What an opportunity for students across the state. For more information, click on the Algebra 1 Online Button.
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. For more information, Click on the KIRC Button.
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. For more information, click on the KanLoveKids Button.
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. Click the Deaf-Blind button to review more information about this project.
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, click on the TSVI/COMS button.
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. Click on the Accessible Arts button to learn more about the program.
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 writer 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! Use the button below to learn more about the history of braille writer development and how to access the braille writer repair program.