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Kansas State School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Kansas State School for the Blind
1100 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 281-3308 (Local)
(913) 281-3104 (Fax)
(800) 572-5463 (Toll-Free)
http://www.kssb.net

Brief Description

Contact local school superintendent for program availability.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day.
Staff description: 93 full-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Kansas.

Staff

Madeleine Burkindine, Superintendent, (913) 281-3308 326, mburkindine@kssdb.org
Cheryl Manuel, Coordinator Instructional Materials Center, cmanuel@kssdb.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluations in the student's home or school followed by recommendations for educational programming, materials, and equipment. Evaluations in the following areas are available: Functional Vision, Braille, Orientation & Mobility, Technology, Daily Living Skills and Vocational/Transitional Skills.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Evaluates preferable literacy media, literacy skill development.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Sends speakers to address school groups, college classes, community groups and provide information about educational issues of concern to teachers and parents of blind or visually impaired students.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Offers psychological testing, licensed clinical social work and evaluation, individual, group, family/parent, counseling, referral to community services. Refers for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides or refers for vocational rehabilitation and training in compensatory blindness skills.
  • Education Services
    • Provides a broad range of instructional programs for students ages three through twenty-one. Intensive and highly specialized teaching methods focus on the unique needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. Offers preschool through grade 12, programs for general academics to students who are blind or visually impaired. Coordinates, catalogs, produces, stores, and distributes educational materials needed by children who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers Vocational Assistance to provide guidance and counseling, individual work experience, and career development activities. The SWEATS (Student Work Experience Achieves Transition Success) Program assists local school districts to provide career development experiences for students in their own communities. With help from the Kansas Rehabilitation Services/Division of Services for the Blind and other organizations, KSSB coordinates an effort to help students learn job skills through classroom activities and paid jobs in the community.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Preschool Programs
    • The preschool program is a model Early Childhood classroom that maximizes development by having teachers and family work together as a team, with a focus on activities which build strong self-concepts and identities as learners. This program builds a foundation for the specialized skills students need for learning.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers after-school programs, arts and crafts, hobby groups, bowling, swimming, track, wrestling, goal ball. Provides consultation to other agencies for some recreation services.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers in-service training and workshops for school personnel and parents.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides direct service to students who are blind or visually impaired in orientation and mobility and compensatory skills.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships/fieldwork placement and regular in-service training programs and short-term or summer training programs.

Events

Extended School Year (Summer Program) for Kansas Students

Ongoing Events/Programs

Summer Work Experience Program

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