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Ohio State School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Ohio State School for the Blind
5220 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 752-1152 (Local)
(614) 752-1713 (Fax)
http://www.ossb.oh.gov/

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-3:30 PM (school), 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (business offices).
Clients served on average per year: 130
Number of staff: 134
Staff description: Staff includes teachers; teacher aids; O&M instructors, therapists; youth leaders; and food service, custodial, maintenance, administration and business office personnel.
Geographic area served: Ohio.
Publications: History of OSSB.

Staff

Janell Brown, Librarian, jbrown@ossb.oh.gov
Dawn Henslee, Nurse Supervisor and Administrator, Student Services, (614) 995-3500, dhenslee@ossb.oh.gov
Alison LaBarre, Principal, (614) 752-1359, alabarre@ossb.oh.gov
Denyse Woods, Interim Superintendent, (614) 752-1152, dwoods@ossb.oh.gov

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • A multidisciplinary team conducts weekly multifactored evaluations (MFEs) at OSSB for children, living in the State of Ohio, with visual impairments, ages three through twenty-one.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides technology instruction beginning with keyboarding and basic notetaking skills in elementary grades. Middle and high school computer instruction includes assistive software with standard programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling to enrolled tsudents.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Daily Living Skills program prepares students with visual disabilities for their roles as independent home managers, consumers, and citizens. It incorporates the application of other content aspects into everyday living, and develops skills, attitudes, and knowledge, which prepare students with visual disabilities for the future.
  • Education Services
    • Provides general academic instruction for grades K-12. Works with students, families, and the community to provide an effective, enjoyable educational experience through specialized curriculum, equipment, materials, and individualized, disability-specific instruction to develop our students’ unique potential.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referrals to other services.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • These camps provide enrichment for children who are blind or visually impaired, grades 3-12 from schools throughout Ohio. Past programs have focused on providing instruction in the appropriate use of technology in academic and daily living skills areas and increasing students' abilities in the use of braille in the classroom. See website at www.ossb.oh.gov for additional information.
  • Support for Parents
    • The Parent Mentor Program. A Parent Mentor is a parent of a child with a disability, who provides support and resources to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them statewide. A Parent Mentor may:
      1) act as a liaison between families and school personnel
      2) connect families to District Parent Mentors, where available, or to Regional Parent Advocates
      3) provide information regarding education laws, statewide programs and/or services as well as community resources, and
      4) work in partnership with the OSSB Multifactored Evaluation team.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides technical assistance to local school districts through Outreach and Program Services.
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