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General Information

Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
824 Tenth Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-5513 (Local)
(402) 873-3463 (Fax)
(800) 826-4355 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Founded in 1875, the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired serves children from birth to age 21. NCECBVI offers the expertise and specialized skills of the center's staff to blind, visually impaired and those with multiple disabilities in residential, day, and outreach settings. Services are provided to students, families, teachers, support staff, school districts, and educational service units upon request.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Geographic area served: Nebraska; will accept out-of-state contracts.


Audrey Graves, Center-Based Program Principal,
Tanya Hilligoss, Outreach Director,
Sally Schreiner, Administrator,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Educational assessments and evaluations are provided to assist local school districts in order to provide educational services for students who are blind or visually impaired. These assessments can be provided in a variety of locations: in the local school district, in the student's home and community, and/or at NCECBVI. A variety of assessments, along with comprehensive evaluations, are available such as orientation and mobility, functional vision, learning media, environmental, daily living, assistive technology, motor, psychological, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille and reading instruction is provided at the NCECBVI center-based education program. Students may be enrolled full-time or on a short-term basis. Students may attend NCECBVI for a limited time for intensive instruction in areas such as braille, technology, transition or other areas as determined.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • The NCECBVI Outreach Department provides a variety of assessment/evaluation and consultation services. Outreach staff travel statewide to participate in IEP/IFSP/MDT meetings and consult with school districts and parents. In addition, the NCECBVI Outreach Department also provides annual conferences and various professional development opportunities for teachers of the visually impaired, certified orientation and mobility specialists, school district support staff, and parents and families.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Has school psychologist on staff.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, handwriting, listening skills, home management, orientation and mobility.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • The NCECBVI Outreach Department provides a variety of early childhood services. These include: consultation, assessment, and attendance at IFSP/IEP/MDT meetings. NCECBVI also participates in the APH Babies Count National Project.
  • Education Services
    • The center-based school at NCECBVI provides elementary, multiple disabilities, functional/life skills and academic programming which provides students with curriculum and instruction as per their individual education plan. The residential program provides students with an environment which encourages each student to reach his/her potential and to strive for independence.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • NCECBVI provides exentensive programming in the area of transition, which includes daily living skills and employment and job training. The center-based school offers educational services in all areas of transition along with the independent living unit program, which offers students the opportunity to live in an apartment setting within the dormitory to learn and apply the skills required to be independent.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The Nebraska Children's Low Vision Clinic is held on the NCECBVI campus twice per school year. An optometrist and pediatric neur-ophthalmologist provide evaluation services. A variety of low vision devices and assistive technology devices are also demonstrated.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Operates a preschool during summer months for assessment and parent training.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, hobby groups, bowling, track, speech, music activities.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Each summer, a variety of camps and/or family weekends are provided on the campus in Nebraska City. Summer camps for all ages, Space Camp, and specific content camps are offered. Family weekends include recreational activities for children and informational sessions for parents.
  • Support for Parents
    • A variety of services are available for parents of both center-based students and outreach students. Conferences, in-service and workshops are designed for parents as well as open to include parents at any time. Summer parent weekends are offered each year. A statewide parent listserv is also facilitated by NCECBVI. Sponsors Parents Always Learning program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers technical assistance upon request from school districts.
  • Professional Training
    • Serves as training site for University of Nebraska-Lincoln pre-service and in-service vision teacher program. Statewide staff development offerings.
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