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Arkansas School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Arkansas School for the Blind
2600 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 296-1810 (Local)
(501) 296-1831 (Fax)
(800) 362-4451 (Toll-Free)
(501) 296-1833 (TDD/TTY)
beverly.roy@asb.k12.ar.us
http://www.arkansasschoolfortheblind.org/

Brief Description

The Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB) is an academic and specialized school serving students who are blind and visually impaired ages birth through grade 12. On-campus classes for residential or day students begin with pre-School and end with twelfth grade graduation. Regular academic and specialized education including the Expanded Core Curriculum for the Visually Impaired Student is taught by teachers who are certified in the core academic areas as well as in Teaching the Visually Impaired Child. An Infant Toddler Program begins with birth through age three with teachers traveling the state to bring educational activities to very young children, their parents, day care/schools and caregivers. ASB is fully accreditated by the State of Arkansas and the North Central Association.

Hours of operation: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 850
Geographic area served: Arkansas.

Staff

James Caton, Superintendent, (501) 296-1810, james.caton@asb.k12.ar.us
Shelli Moore, Director, ASBVI Birth to Three Program/Parent Resource Center, shelli.moore@asb.k12.ar.us
Cindy Wilkinson, Director, Instructional Resource Center, cindy.wilkinson@asb.k12.ar.us

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides the following assessment to children who are blind or visually impaired: psychological, achievement, adaptive and social behavior, functional, developmental, learning media assessments, adaptive technology, orientation and mobility, Oregon Project (birth to age 6), functional vision assessments, and daily living skills. The ASB Low Vision Clinic is available for clinical analysis of vision to all students with visual impairements or blindness ages birth through twenty one.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille instruction is provided by teachers certified in teaching the visually impaired child. All teachers are also certified in their core curriculum areas and teach reading instruction using grade-appropriate Reading Mastery. Direct Instruction Reading is a supplemental reading program that assists students who are not reading on grade level. Students are taught to use reading devices such as CCTVs, monocular lenses, large print materials, braille, hand-held magnifiers, etc.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • The Arkansas School for the Blind Parent Resource Center is available to any person interested in the education of visually impaired and blind students. The Resource Center is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Parents and educational entities are able to check out learning kits to work with their child/students on academic/functional skills. The Birth - Three Program is a community outreach that encompasses the entire state of Arkansas. Two vision certified teachers travel the state to teach visually impaired babies and toddlers and their parents/caregivers/teachers the developmental skills that are important to normal child growth and development. The Birth - Three Program also offers on-campus activities for babies and parents to come together and network to form bonding relationships. During the on-campus activity times, parents are shown activities that will aid their children in skill building and approprate development.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • ASB houses two adaptive technology labs where students learn proficient use of necessary technology. Students begin learning appropriate keyboard and typing skills during third grade and continue learning technology skills through elementary and high school. Adaptive Technology includes but is not limited to computer, scanner, Perkins Brailler, JAWS, ZoomText, OpenBook, CCTV, Braille N'Speak, Braille Lite, Braille Notes, AlphaSmart, Kurzweil, and various magnification models. Parents are also provided the necessary training on the use of their child's necessary adaptive technology.
  • Counseling
    • ASB employs a full-time guidance counselor, who holds classes with all students with lessons based on grade levels and students' ages. A psychological examiner is employed and provides various evaluations and assessments to students. The Centers for Youth and Families has a cooperative agreement with ASB and provides a psychotherapist upon referral of students.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers physical and occupational therapy.
  • Education Services
    • Offers academic, concept and skills development programs, grades preschool through 12, and non-graded programs. Maintains depository-style educational materials center, which provides all braille/large-print textbooks statewide, and coordinates braille/large-print prison project.

      The Instructional Resource Center provides braille and large-print books, materials and other services to all blind and visually impaired students in Arkansas.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, vocational placement, follow-up service, vending stand training. Refers for other employment-oriented services.
  • Health
    • Provides diagnosis and evaluation of eye health, treatment of eye conditions, general medical services, speech therapy. Refers for other health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers evaluation of eye treatment or prescription. Prescribes spectacles or devices and other low vision devices.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers programs for academic, concept, and skills development.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school programs, arts and crafts, hobby groups, summer day camp, swimming, track, wrestling. Refers for other recreation services.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides home intervention and assistance to centers and day care programs.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships, technical assistance and in-service training programs, internship/fieldwork placement in orientation and mobility, local and statewide in-servicing annually.
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