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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
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 771-5247 (Local)
(602) 771-4869 (Fax)

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


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

PO Box 88510
1200 W Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85754


Pia Benson, Southeast Regional Cooperative (SER), Director, (520) 770-3200,
Kelly Creasy, Principal, Arizona Schol for the Blind,
Jane MacDonald, North Central Regional Cooperative (NCR), Director, (928) 774-0655,
Ruth Parsons, Eastern Highland Regional Cooperative, Director, (928) 524-1342,
Annette Reichman, Superintendent,
Kristen Rex, Agency Administration, Executive Director of Student Learning, (520) 770-3248,
Justan Rice, Desert Valleys Regional Cooperative (DVR), Director, (602) 771-5200,
Barbara Schrag, Early Childhood & Family Education, Director, (520) 770-3262,
Wemme Walls, Southwest Regional Cooperative (SWR), Director, (928) 317-0429,

Services Offered

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
    • 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

Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE)
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (PDSD)
North Central Regional Cooperative (NCR)
Desert Valleys Regional Cooperative (DVR)
Eastern Highlands Regional Cooperative (EHR)
Arizona School for the Blind (ASB)
Arizona School for the Deaf (ASD)
Preschool Programs for Visually Impaired and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children
Southeast Regional (SER) Cooperative
Southwest Regional (SWR) Cooperative

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