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Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 827-2200 (Local)
(800) 344-3732 (Toll-Free)
info@fsdb.k12.fl.us
http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/

Brief Description

Geographic area served: Florida.

Staff

Jeanne Prickett, President, prickettj@fsdb.k12.fl.us
Hugh Lewis, Principal of the Deaf Department, (904) 827-2500
Gerald Stewart, Principal of the Blind Department, (904) 827-2700, stewart@fsdb.k12.fl.us

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • The Small and Rural District Program in Outreach Services is designed to provide support to families of children with hearing and / or vision loss and to staff in small, medium, and rural school districts across Florida who work with these children. The program provides information and referral, support, training, and assessments to help parents and teachers better understand the special issues that surround working, caring, and educating these children.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of the following assistive devices: Optical character recognition systems, Screen magnification systems, Speech output systems, Video magnifier/CCTV, Word processing.
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluations; psychological testing and evaluations; individual, group and family/parent counseling; linkage with other agencies and community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, activities of daily living, word processing, individual and group counseling, listening skills, use of video magnification and other low vision devices, remedial education.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Parent-Infant Program (PIP) offers intervention in a family's natural environment and daily routines. Through regular visits to a child and family, certified professionals address the family's concerns and help to determine priorities for the child and the family. Together, families, caregivers, and early interventionists share information, discuss ideas and adaptations, and monitor a child's progress. The purpose is to enhance each family's ability to help the child become a participating family member and a part of the larger community.
  • Education Services
    • Offers grades K through 12 and programs for college prep. Provides training in general academic and vocational/skill development. Offers cooperative school programs with the Division of Blind Services and St. Johns County School District. Provides sequential dormitory curriculum designed to progressively enhance daily living skills. Provides a curriculum that leads to either a Standard Diploma or a Special Diploma, as well as special classes to enable the academic independence of students with disabilities.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • FSDB has a Workforce Development Program providing students with realistic work experiences prior to leaving the school. This program utilizes business partners in the community for job placement. Workforce development staff, working with businesses in the community, have developed job opportunities for students.
  • Health
    • Offers occupational, physical and speech therapy, diagnosis and evaluation of eye health, general medical services, dental screening.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds children.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers after-school recreation programs, active and leisure activities, arts and crafts, individual and team activities, clubs and hobby groups, swimming, goalball, track and wrestling teams, cheerleaders, scouting.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides support services to parents and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. Available support services include training, information, referral services, and assessments.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training program, tuition waivers to state universities, internship/practicum placement for student teachers in specific or general education areas. Also offers training in the use of assistive technology for instructors.

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