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Kaizen Program for New English Learners with Visual Limitations - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Kaizen Program for New English Learners with Visual Limitations
810-A Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA 98144
kaizen@quixotes.org
http://www.nwlincs.org/kaizen/

Brief Description

Kaizen addresses the specialized instructional needs of blind and visually impaired immigrants and refugees learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Its mission is to help new English learners with visual limitations obtain the competencies and information they need to communicate in English, make decisions, take appropriate action, advocate for themselves, become functionally literate in accessible formats, obtain personally fulfilling, dignified employment, and lead independent lives.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Pacific Time.
Clients served on average per year: 15 students; 48 professionals
Number of staff: 2
Staff description: Both staff members serve as instructors; one program director, one curriculum coordinator
Geographic area served: Students: Washington State. Professionals: worldwide.
Publications: Notes On The Needs of New English Learners with Visual Limitations (Kashdan & Barnes, 1998); Survey to Gain an Estimate of the Population of Potential New English Learners with Visual Limitations in the Seattle Area and Estimate of How Many Are Currently Receiving Assistance in Learning English and Orientation to American Culture (Kaizen, 2001); Helping People with Visual Limitations Learn English as a Second Language (Kashdan, 1999); Teaching English to Immigrants and Refugees with Visual Limitations: How Do You Do It? (Kashdan, 2002); Symposium Paper: Teaching English as a New Language to Visually Impaired and Blind ESL Students: Problems and Possibilities (Kashdan, Barnes, & Erin Walsh, 2003).

Staff

Robby Barnes, Instructor/Program Director, (206) 784-5619, kaizen@literacyworks.org
Sylvie Kashdan, Instructor/Curriculum Coordinator, (206) 784-5619, kaizen@literacyworks.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals for agencies and individuals seeking services related to teaching or learning English as a second language for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides one-to-one professional and/or volunteer tutoring in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and orientation to North American culture, with emphasis on braille and large-print literacy.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation on English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional approaches, methods and resources.
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