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DeKalb County School System: Department of Support Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

DeKalb County School System: Department of Support Services
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(678) 676-0035 (Local)
(678) 676-0710 (Fax)
http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Geographic area served: DeKalb County.

Staff

Nancy Buice, Coordinator, Visually Impaired and Orthopedically Impaired Programs, Support Services, nancy_buice@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Carla Hawkins, Counselor

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides psychological and educational evaluations to DeKalb students in grades K-12. Makes referrals for evaluation through the student support team in the respective schools.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in
    • Optical character recognition systems
    • Screen magnification systems
    • Speech output systems
    • Training for instructors
    • Video magnifier/CCTV
    • Word processing
  • Counseling
    • Low incidence counselor works with visually impaired students in group or individual sessions.
  • Education Services
    • Several placement alternatives are available to meet the VI child's needs.
      • In the resource program a special teacher is located at one school in a resource room which is equipped with special materials such as braillers, tape recorders, large print and braille reference books and encyclopedias, to help a student with his class work. The teacher works with the student in academic areas in which the student needs help, as well as specific skill areas such as braille, typing, orientation and mobility, daily living skills and acquaintance with adapted materials. The resource teacher obtains or produces adapted materials necessary for the child to function in the classroom.
      • The itinerant teacher moves from school to school teaching individual visually impaired children, consulting with teachers, providing and adapting materials needed for instruction. Students seen by an itinerant teacher benefit from services two or three times weekly and can usually work independently on days the vision teacher is not there.
      • A self-contained class is provided for a few students who have problems in addition to visual impairment which interfere with school learning. The teacher in the self-contained classroom is responsible for academic instruction and additional skills such as braille, orientation and mobility, typing and listening skills.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides evaluation, diagnostic work-up, determination of individualized education for preschool-aged children, birth to age 3. Provides home-based, day-care-center-based, or school-based services. Itinerant certified teacher advises, assists.
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