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Tennessee School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 231-7300 (Local)
(615) 871-9312 (Fax)
https://www.tsbtigers.org/

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. 12-month program operates within school hours.
Staff description: 185 full-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Tennessee.

Staff

Rebecca Kuhn, Director of Adapted Media, Rebecca.Kuhn@tsbtigers.org
Kathy Segers, Interim Superintendent, Kathy.Segers@tsbtigers.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides preschool low vision and functional vision diagnostic program.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Has programs to identify and evaluate visually impaired children. Speakers bureau.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in computer operating systems, database software, optical character recognition systems, screen magnification systems, speech output systems, training for instructors, video magnifier/CCTV.
  • Counseling
    • Provides parent counseling and psychological evaluations.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in daily living and personal management and in the use of adaptive devices.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in all developmental areas and offers center- and home-based, preschool-grade 12, and nongraded programs college prep, general academic, and prevocational programs.

      Provides braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries (practice exercises, texts, and workbooks and other accompanying materials) and non-book instructional materials such as braillewriters and bold-line paper, cassette recorder/players, low vision materials, tactile devices, and kits that include sensory development items for students with visual impairment, including those with multiple disabilities, who are enrolled in public and private schools less than college level and who meet state eligibility requirements for visual impairment as determined by the IEP Team.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, office occupations. Vocational work-study, on-the-job training at local businesses.
  • Health
    • Provides adaptive equipment, genetic counseling, various health services, including low vision exams. Clinic provided for students.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers programs for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, hobby groups, residential summer camp, bowling, swimming, track, wrestling. Refers for other recreational services.
  • Support for Parents
    • Parent training available for parents of preschool children.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation services to schools and districts.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/field work placement in low vision, orientation and mobility, special education and teacher training.
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