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Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
1200 West Speedway Boulevard
PO Box 85000
Tucson, AZ 85754
(520) 770-3195 (Local)
http://www.asdb.az.gov

Brief Description

The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind provides a variety of programs to children and youth from birth through 21 years of age who are blind or visually impaired, or Deaf/Hard of Hearing, throughout Arizona.

Hours of operation: Office: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Geographic area served: Arizona

Locations

Desert Valleys Regional Cooperative (DVR)
8055 N. 24th Avenue
Suite 103
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Eastern Highlands Regional Cooperative (EHR)
153 W. Vista
Holbrook, AZ 86025

North Central Regional Cooperative (NCR)
1000 East Butler Avenue
Suite 115
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Southeast Regional Cooperative (SER)
1200 W. Speedway
P. O. Box 85000
Tucson, AZ 85754

Southwest Regional Cooperative (SWR)
1047 S. 4th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364

Staff

Robert Hill, Superintendent, (520) 770-3601, robert.hill@asdb.az.gov
Samuel Ace, Principal, Arizona School for the Blind, (520) 770-3863, sam.ace@asdb.az.gov
Nancy Amann, Executive Director, (520) 770-3195, nancy.amann@asdb.az.gov
Pia Benson, Director, (520) 770-3200, pia.benson@asdb.az.gov
Jan Goetze, Director, (602) 771-5200, jan.goetze@asdb.az.gov
Peg Hartman, Librarian, peg.hartman@asdb.az.gov
Bill Koehler, Executive Director, (520) 770-3195, william.koehler@asdb.az.gov
Wemme Walls, Director, (928) 317-0429, wemme.walls@asdb.az.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Reading Services
    • Provides radio reading of the Arizona Daily Star.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides assessments for students and training for staff in assessment, communication, deafblindness, learning disabilities, low vision and multiple disabilities.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach to identify eligible students who might profit from services offered.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Provides individual and group counseling. Refers for and provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in visual development, auditory/sensory, and independent living skills. Assigns rehabilitation counselor to students from State Blind Services as a part of Individual Transition Plan beginning at age 14.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Early Childhood Education Program provides outreach services to families of children from the ages of birth to 5 years.
  • Education Services
    • Offers the following programs: grades K-12, college preparatory, general academic, vocational skill development.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for other employment services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about education of deaf and blind in Arizona. Refers to appropriate services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers low vision and initial ophthalmological examinations. Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices
  • Preschool Programs
    • Preschool Programs for Visually Impaired Preschoolers (VIP) and Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC) provide early intervention services for Arizona’s children, ages birth-5 who have a diagnosed bilateral, permanent hearing loss and/or a medically diagnosed visual impairment.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers clubs, outdoor education program, swimming, chorus, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track and field, Special Olympics.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers parent education and support groups. Performs psychological testing and evaluation.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation to preschool programs serving visually impaired children and other agencies for employment services.
  • Professional Training
    • Provides internship/fieldwork placement in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, special education. Offers regular in-service training programs open to enrollment from other agencies.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Eastern Highlands Regional Cooperative (EHR)
Preschool Programs for Visually Impaired Preschoolers (VIP) and Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC)
Technical Assistance to Schools (TAS)

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