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California School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Avenue
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 794-3800 (Local)
(510) 794-3813 (Fax)
http://www.csb-cde.ca.gov

Brief Description

The California School for the Blind provides intensive, disability specific educational services for enrolled students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-disabled, whose primary learning needs are related to their visual impairment.

In partnership with students, families, other consumers, local educational agencies, professional and community resources, California School for the Blind prepares students to participate at their highest level of independence in their schools, workplaces, and communities.

The California School for the Blind, as a State Special School of the California Department of Education, is a statewide resource offering expertise in the low prevalence disabilities of visual impairment and deafblindness through innovative model programs, assessment, consultation and technical assistance, professional development, research and publications, advocacy, and outreach.

Hours of operation: Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, closed holidays and weekends.
Geographic area served: California.
Publications: Braille Bites!

Staff

Adrian Amandi, Director, California Education Resource Center, aamandi@csb-cde.ca.gov
Ann Linville, Principal of Transition, alinville@csb-cde.ca.gov
Angela Martyn, Principal of Education, amartyn@csb-cde.ca.gov
Gina Ouelette, Director, Student Services and Admissions, gouellette@csb-cde.ca.gov
Sharon Sacks, Superintendent, ssacks@csb-cde.ca.gov

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Offers assessment program to help local educators and parents understand students' needs. Provides comprehensive assessments to students with visual impairments throughout California.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Teaches braille reading and writing.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in communication skills, daily living skills, use of assistive technology, motor development, auditory, visual and tactile training.
  • Education Services
    • Provides intensive, disability specific educational services for enrolled students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-disabled, whose primary learning needs are related to their visual impairment. Offers non-graded special classes and graded mainstream classes in local schools.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers community-based transition-to-work program, pre-vocational/vocational education.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers full range of activities, adapted physical education. Promotes participation in recreation and leisure.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers week-long parent training during assessment of students.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides technical assistance to local agencies to develop and implement educational programs upon request, including assessment and assistive technology training.
  • Professional Training
    • Sponsors seminars with Northern California AER, San Francisco State University, and Cal State L.A. Workshops are provided on assessment and programming of students with visual impairments. Other workshops and in-services offered when requested by local agencies.
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