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Mississippi School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Mississippi School for the Blind
1252 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 984-8200 (Local)
(601) 984-8230 (Fax)
(601) 984-8097 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.msb.k12.ms.us

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.- Fri. 7:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Staff description: Teachers of the visually handicapped and early childhood, O&M specialist, other related services personnel available as consultants on a limited basis. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Mississippi.
Publications: MSB Reflections (newsletter).

Staff

Linda Baker, Director of Prevocational/Deaf-Blind Program, lbaker@mde.k12.ms.us
Vashti Clayton, Principal, Elementary Department, (601) 984-8202, vclayton@mde.k12.ms.us
Ted Dear, Director, Pre-School Homebased Program, tdear@mde.k12.ms.us
Claudia Hollingsworth, Coordinator, Admissions and Outreach, chollingsworth@mde.k12.ms.us
Jo Ann Malone, Superintendent, (601) 984-8203, jmalone@mde.k12.ms.us
Margie Owens, Coordinator, Curriculum, (601) 984-8210, mowens@mde.k12.ms.us
Diann Turner, Supervisor, Residential Education Parents, (601) 984-8205, dturner@mde.k12.ms.us

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Participates in the Mississippi Statewide Testing System. Administers the Subject Area Test Program (SATP) in all four areas in braille and large print online or on paper. MSB also participates in the grade level testing program.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers parent and other counseling, limited psychological testing and evaluation, individual, group, family/parent counseling, placement in school, referral to community services. Consultation provided to other schools and agencies upon request.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management and home economics. Refers for other rehabilitation services.
  • Education Services
    • Residential and instructional programs and services which comply with state, regional, and national accreditation standards are provided. The school serves as an educational resource for visually impaired and blind residents of Mississippi from birth through 20 years of age. Offers fully accredited elementary and secondary programs for grades K-12.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers occupational skill development, work-study, and work-experience programs.
  • Health
    • Provides general medical services for students. Refers for other health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The Jackson Central Lions Low Vision Clinic, located on campus, provides low vision consultations for children whose vision is not correctable by conventional prescription glasses or contact lenses.
  • Preschool Programs
    • The Comprehensive Homebased Intervention Program (CHIP) is a preschool programs that accepts visually impaired infants and children who have the major handicapping condition of blindness or visual impairment.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers after-school activities--swimming, track, wrestling, cheerleading, track and field, arts and crafts, music, drama.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides assistance to parents through in-house visits and workshops.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides home-based and consultant services to other programs for visually impaired children on a limited basis. Scheduled outreach services available.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship, fieldwork placement, and in-service training programs.
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