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

General Information

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3599
(719) 578-2100 (Local)
(719) 578-2239 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments. We empower learners to become self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their communities.

Hours of operation: Business Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM School / Residential Sunday - Friday
Clients served on average per year: 600
Number of staff: 175
Staff description: Uses volunteers in addition to staff.
Geographic area served: Colorado


Carol Hilty, Superintendent, (719) 578-2102,
Jamie Lugo, Principal, School for the Blind, (719) 578-2108,
Kristin Murdock, Director of Outreach, (719) 578-2110,
Jon Vigne, Director of Special Education, (719) 578-2177,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Extensive programs provided for Colorado students and teachers.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Offers educational/assistive technology assessments/evaluations. Provides assessment on request, on-site or in-home/school within Colorado.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers short courses for students during the school year and the summer months.

      Provides ongoing services to any student age 0-21 and who is blind or deaf and enrolled in a public school district in the state. Examples of direct outreach services include:

      * Educational Consultation/Services
      * Counseling Services
      * Orientation and Mobility
      * Short-Term Programs

      The Adult Blind and Visually Impaired Role Model Team of Education provides children who are blind and visually impaired (VI), their parents, teachers, and other professionals in urban and rural areas throughout Colorado the opportunity to meet accomplished and motivated adult role models who are blind and VI; to openly and frankly discuss, from personal experience, any topic related to low vision and blindness.

      Outreach services for Educational/Assistive Technology include assessments/evaluations, information on various types of technology used by individuals who are blind/visually impaired as well as professional development opportunities across the state of Colorado for vision professionals. Consultation is also available over the phone and/or e-mail. Site visits with vision teachers and students may be requested.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer and assistive technology training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling services to any student age 0-21 and who is blind or deaf and enrolled in a public school district in the state. Provides social evaluations, psychological testing and evaluation, individual/group counseling, placement in school or training. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers short-term courses in the following major areas of focus:
      * Compensatory Skills
      * Daily Living Skills
      * Orientation and Mobility
      * Computer Technology for the Blind/Visually Impaired

      Provides training in personal management, braille, handwriting, low vision training, listening skills, typing, video magnifier, electronic mobility aids, home management, sensory training.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • CSDB offers early childhood services for young children ages newborn to age 3 who are blind/visually impaired and/or deaf/hard of hearing. Services are provided to families in the natural environment (home-based). At the heart of the early childhood programs are facilitators/teachers. Services are tailored to the family's needs and encompass information in the following areas of learning:
      •Growth and Development
      •Concept Development
      •Encouraging development of play skills through observation and use of multi-sensory adaptive toys/objects
      •Providing information regarding workshops, conventions, networking or other learning opportunities that the parents may be interested in attending
      Working with the family, the Community Center Board service coordinator, and other service providers, the Early Childhood Facilitator/Teacher helps to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) which will meet the needs of the family as well as help encourage the child's development.
  • Education Services
    • Provides K-21 and nongraded educational services and offers programs for infants, preschool, college preparatory, general academic, remedial education. Provides instructional materials in braille and large-print formats.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for other employment services.
  • Health
    • Offers audiology therapy, general medical services, speech therapy. Contracts and refers for other health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Preschool Programs
    • CSDB offers Preschool Programs serving children ages 3 to 5 years old. The Early Education Center has two separate classrooms, one for children who are deaf/hard of hearing and one for children who are blind/visually impaired. The programs
      •provide an environment for young children to learn, interact, and play
      •provide full access to visual and auditory communication modalities
      •emphasize an active learning classroom where children explore with all their senses
      •develop readiness skills for school and home
      •enhance self confidence and social skills
      •provide a safe and nurturing environment

      CSDB has a experienced team of early childhood educators who are devoted to providing excellence in preschool services.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreational activities, such as arts and crafts, music (handbells, choir, band), hobby groups, bowling, swimming, track, wrestling. Refers for other recreational services.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school programs.
  • Support for Parents
    • Holds family learning seminars/workshops.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers a short-term course in orientation and mobility.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Consultation/technical assistance available to school districts or others providing educational services to blind/visually impaired students.
      Provides consultation to other agencies for rehabilitation teaching in client's home and community.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in orientation and mobility, special education, vocational rehabilitation and in-service training programs open to enrollment from other agencies.

Job Postings

4/6/2018 Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)

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