“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
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
An intensive, 9-month program for students who are blind/visually impaired
Aged 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
- Community College
- Technical School
- Vocational Program
Independent living skills
Individualized instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum
Many students have paid work experiences
“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)
- 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
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.
- $1000.00 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
Use the button below to view the transition brochure and/or begin the transition request process.
Transition Program Areas of Emphasis
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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 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