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Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, New Brunswick Department of Education, Student Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, New Brunswick Department of Education, Student Services
PO Box 6000
250 King Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
(506) 444-4737 (Local)
(902) 424-0543 (Fax)

Brief Description

APSEA provides materials, education and training for students who are blind or visually impaired and their public school teachers through a network of trained itinerant teachers that serve local school districts.

Hours of operation: Public school hours.
Staff description: 150-160
Geographic area served: New Brunswick


5940 South Street
Halifax, NS B3H 1S6


John McConnell, APSEA New Brunswick Provincial Supervisor, Services for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides functional vision assessments, educational assessments, career planning assessments.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers student and family counseling services for school-age children and families served by APSEA in New Brunswick.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Preschool consultant works with provincial health community services, early intervention teams.
  • Education Services
    • Monitors the provision of educational services to children and youths with disabilities. Provides consultant and itinerant teacher direct support and teaching of disability-specific skills to school-age children.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides support for summer employment for school-age children. Offers transition programs for students leaving high school.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to school and community agencies.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Sponsors summer and weekend recreational camps for children and youth.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provided by preschool consultants and itinerant teachers.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and itinerant teacher support for local community day care centers and preschools attended by children served by APSEA. Provides consultation in orientation and mobility, preschool and transition services, itinerant teacher consultation, and support for public school teachers, schools, school districts. A library of alternate format materials and professional resources is available through APSEA Resource Centre in Halifax.
  • Professional Training
    • In-school system as required, including sponsorship of a master's level course in education for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired.
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