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Indiana School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Indiana School for the Blind
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 253-1481 (Local)
(317) 251-6511 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: 24-hour program, five days per week
Clients served on average per year: 170 - 200 on campus
Number of staff: 192
Staff description: Has both on and off-campus programs for school-age state residents.
Geographic area served: Indiana.


Leslie Durst, Indiana Education Resource Center
James Durst, Superintendent,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Offers low vision evaluations to students across Indiana who are identified as visually impaired. Provides psychoeducational, orientation and mobility, low vision, literacy assessment, functional vision assessment, computer skills, and preschool assessment.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers workshops and presentations for schools, families, or agency staff. Provides consultative services to local education agencies and VI teachers who work with students with visual impairment from grade Kindergarten to age 22.
  • Counseling
    • Comprehensive services available in meeting students' individual needs.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in personal management, home economics, and independent living skills.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides services to families of children who are blind or visually impaired from birth through preschool.
  • Education Services
    • Offers programs for preschool through 12th grade. Programs are adapted for student's individual needs. Coordinates the operation of the Indiana Educational Resource Center (IERC) and is responsible for the delivery of specialized materials to Indiana's visually handicapped students in the public school system.

      Provides students with instruction in the same coursework required of all school-aged children in Indiana. Specialized classes include orientation and mobility, adaptive physical education, independent living skills, vocational education, music instruction, braille and specially adapted computer technology.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides evaluation, pre-vocational and career preparation training. Holds a Transition Weekend for high school students and their families.
  • Health
    • Provides general medical, psychiatric, neurological, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, low vision services, genetic counseling.
  • Information and Referral
    • Offers assistance in locating resources relating to visual impairment and skill development.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision services and loan of optical devices. Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers a preschool program for children who are visually imapired in Indiana. Provides consultation and direct services to preschool children and parents.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers after-school programs in bowling, swimming, wrestling, track, cheerleading, scouting, intramural sports, forensics, community activities.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Holds a summer assessment camp for children ages 3 through 5 and summer school sessions for school-age students.
  • Support for Parents
    • An annual conference for parents of children, ages 3-5 years with visual impairment, is offered each spring. Offers parent consultations, direct service, training and workshops.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is offered to students who attend the Indiana School for the Blind or access the outreach programs at the school. O&M Specialists are available for consultation and assessments. Services are provided free of charge and include evaluations of O&M skills in the student’s local school or home environment.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation to public schools in all academic and skill areas.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers workshops for parents and professionals.
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