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KSSB Transition Program - A Unique Residential Experience

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 student’s service plan.

About the Transition Program (click to expand)

An intensive, 9-month program for students who are blind/visually impaired

Ages 18-21 (Sunday-Thursday; August-May)

KSSB coordinates services with student’s home school and IEP team

Students in the Transition Program remain on an IEP

Residential Options: (click to expand)




Students Gain: (click to expand)

Independent living skills

Individualized instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum

Many students have paid work experiences

Three Pathways: (click to expand)

  1. Community College
  2. Technical School
  3. Vocational Program
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“My students who went through this program grew so much. I would proudly recommend it.”

— Anne Gurss, TSVI

Program Requirements (click to expand)

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)
  • The completed application packet for the 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

Program Costs: (click to expand)

  • $1000.00 per student, per year (9 mos.) If applying from out of state, please contact KSSB for cost.
  • The annual fee to be paid to KSSB by the local district for the 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

Steps to Apply for the KSSB Transition Program: (click to expand)

  1. Arrange a visit to our campus.
  2. KSSB and district staff meet to discuss the viability/cost/procedures of the student attending the Transition Program.
  3. An action plan is developed to outline the commitment required of all involved.
  4. Student arrives at KSSB in August to begin Transition Program.
Lori Smith

Lori Smith, LMSW

Tim Schierbeck

Tim Schierbeck


Use the button below to view the transition brochure and/or begin the transition request process.

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Transition Program Areas of Emphasis

Students can improve their skills in technology adapted for visual impairments to access print and internet information through

  • Computers with screen readers and magnification
  • Electronic magnifiers
  • Electronic note-takers
  • Braille translation software
  • Gain knowledge of occupations
  • Explore interests and abilities
  • Develop skills to conduct an effective job search
  • Enroll at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) while learning the skills necessary for college success
  • Determining necessary accommodations and best format
  • Obtaining accommodations, technology, and supplies
  • Utilizing the college student services office and vocational rehabilitation
  • Organizing and prioritizing coursework
  • 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

Students develop the skills necessary to live independently, by graduating from the dorm to an on-campus apartment, then a free-standing cottage when appropriate

  • Budgeting, banking, and money management
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Meal preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Organization of personal living space
  • Time management
  • Clothing care

Opportunities for more advanced travel skills are available, including the use of public transportation to work or school, and the chance to plan one’s own outings

Bill of Rights for Children with Visual Impairments and their Families – COSB and AERBVI.

Program Description- KSSB’s Transition Program (STEPS)opens PDF file

KSSB Transition Program – Step by step Application Guideopens PDF file

  • Students gain an understanding of their visual impairment and their accommodation needs for various environments and tasks
  • Advocacy skills are taught and practiced through experiences at the college, on the job, in the apartment, and on community outings

Students are able to develop and refine social skills formally through classes and reflections with staff, and informally through participation with others on or off-campus

  • On-the-job training at one or a variety of area businesses to develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment while gaining valuable work experience
  • Attend classes at the KCKCC Technical Education Center (TEC) to gain training and certification in one of 21 different technical programs
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