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Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
104 VSDB Drive
P.O. Box 2069
Staunton, VA 24402
(540) 332-9000 (Local)
(540) 332-9042 (Fax)
(800) 522-8732 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

VSDB is a residential and day school for children with visual impairments and hearing imparment and deafblind.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 30
Number of staff: 28
Staff description: Instructional Staff, Program Assistants, Houseparents, Support Staff
Geographic area served: Commonwealth of Virginia only
Publications: The Virginia Guide (electronic only)


Pat Trice, Superintendent, (504) 332-9000,
Keith VanFossen, Principal, (504) 332-9014

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides assessment of all areas of blindness and deafness skills as well as psychological, educational, social evaluation.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Extra Mile Program (TEMP), an educational program designed to assist all public and private schools of Virginia by providing experiences in core areas needed by children with vision loss (i.e. Orientation and Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Braille and Assistive Technology).
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provide direct instruction in the use of technology to maximize each student’s limited vision through the use of specialized techniques and devices including access to print and internet information through computers, electronic note takers, screen readers and low vision devices, reading machines, and braille translation software.
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluations and refers for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides individual and group instruction for students in the areas of body image, organizing personal space, and sensory awareness. Provides remedial education and training in home management, personal management, handwriting, and listening skills, use of video magnifiers and adaptive technology, and transition planning.
  • Education Services
    • Offers programs for general and remedial skills, academic studies for Grades K through 12. Special short-term program (TEMP) provides 2-week intensive training in all areas of blindness skills for students who are otherwise mainstreamed.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation and training, career and skill counseling, follow-up service.
  • Health
    • Offers audiology therapy, general medical services, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy. Refers for other health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers the Summer Enrichment Program, a 5-day history theme-based program where students with vision loss from across the state participate in four basic course offerings:
      • Reading/Study Skills
      • Math/Money Management
      • Independent Living Skills
      • Everyday Technology/Signature
      Students also receive individual instruction in orientation and mobility, braille, assistive technology, and music if needed or desired.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides individual and group instruction in independent travel for indoor and outdoor environments which includes sighted guide techniques, pre-cane skills, cane instruction and the use of public transportation.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and technical assistance to local school divisions, parents and other agencies.
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