Kansas State School for the Blind Transition Program

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”. Henry David Thoreau

Enjoy the Audio Flyer for the Upcoming Transition!

Upcoming Events – KSSB Presents – Virtual Transition Q&A

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Wednesday, OCT. 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm

The Transition program offers opportunities for developing Independent Living Skills, Career & Vocational Training, College experience, and to understand the importance of creating a social support network. 

Join the Live Webinar to:

  • Learn about the KSSB Program 
  • Ask transition-related questions, regardless of your level of interest in the KSSB campus-based Transition Program.

If unable to attend but would like to learn more about the transition, email Tim Schierbeck or Lori Smith. Look for future events as the year progresses.

REGISTER for the Virtual Transition Q&A session by October 27, 2020, using the Q&A Registration Form.

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.

  • Yearlong (August-May) program
  • Expanded Core focus
  • Individualized instruction
  • Self-determined students
  • College, technical school or on-the-job training track
  • Independent apartment living experience

QUOTE: “My students who went through this program grew so much. I would proudly recommend it.”                                                                             — Anne Gurss, TSVI

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Program Requirements

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)
  • Completed application packet for KSSB Transition Program
  • Completed person-centered plan with goals identified
  • Meeting with transition staff in the candidate’s home community/school
  • Approval from school district to support applicant and provide transportation
  • Signature indicating commitment from student
  • Signature indicating commitment from parent(s)

Steps to apply for the KSSB Transition Program:

  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.

Program Costs

  • $1000 yearly fee to be paid to KSSB by the local district for 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


Lori Smith, LMSW



Lori Smith
Tim Shreibeck


Tim Schierbeck



Use the button below to begin the transition request process.

Student enrolled in college classes at KCKCC seeks assistance from the Academic Resource Center

Transition Program Areas of Emphasis

Career Education

  • Gain awareness of the large array of occupations
  • Explore individual interests and abilities
  • Develop skills to conduct an effective job search

College Prep

  • Enroll at Kansas City Kansas Community College while learning the skills necessary for college success, including:
    • Determine beneficial accommodations & beneficial accessible formats
    • Obtain accommodations, technology, and supplies
    • Use college student support office & vocational rehabilitation services
    • Organize and prioritize daily coursework

Vocational Training

  • Gain valuable work experience at a variety of local businesses to develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment
  • Attend classes at the KCKCC Technical Education Center (TEC) to gain training and certification in one of 21 different Technical Programs

Independent Living Skills

  • Develop skills to live independently by graduating from the dorm, to an on-campus apartment, and finally to an on campus cottage as appropriate
  • Practice budgeting, banking and money management
  • Organize and maintain personal living space
  • Practice personal hygiene, grooming, and clothing care
  • Time management
  • Plan, purchase supplies, and prepare meals
  • Orientation and mobility skills
  • Opportunities for advanced travel skills, including planning own travel, using public transportation and street crossings

Assistive Technology Skills

  • Practice and improve skills in using assistive technology to access print, internet and learning platforms:
    • Computers with screen readers and magnification
    • Electronic note takers
    • Electronic magnifiers
    • Braille translation software

Compensatory Skills

  • 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


  • Describe to others about their visual impairment in everyday language. Describe effective accommodations and how they learn best.
  • Practice advocacy skills in all environments – at the college, on the job, in the apartment, and on community outings.

Social Skills

  • Students practice social skills formally through classes and informally through participation with others on or off campus.
  • Students practice tailoring conversations to a variety of audiences.

Click on PDF icon to download the PDF Transition Brochure.  

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