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General Information

Wausau School District
415 Seymour Street
Wausau, WI 54402-0359
(715) 261-2545 (Local)
(715) 261-2556 (Fax)
http://www.wausauk12.org/departments___programs/special_education/Visually%20Impaired

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:50 AM-3:00 PM.
Staff description: 17 part-time (social worker, psychologist, occupational and physical therapists). Specialists and therapists available as consultants. Has advisory board (parent members) for overall program. 1 full-time teacher, 2 part-time teacher, 2 full-time aides, 1 part-time aide, 1 part-time O&M instructor, consultants.
Geographic area served: Central and northern Wisconsin.

Staff

Rachel Butalla, Orientation and Mobility
Tammy Fruik, Director of Special Education, (715) 261-2511, tfruik@wausau.k12.wi.us
Lynette Jackson, Teacher of Visually Impaired, ljackson@wausauschools.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Completes assessments and evaluations per referral made to the school district. An IEP team will be assembled in order to complete the evaluation and to determine if the child is in need of special education services per IDEA 2004.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille and reading per the students individual educational plan.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • The student's IEP team can help families locate community programs.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The IEP team considers assistive technology as part of the comprehensive evaluation.

      Offers training in computer operating systems, screen magnification systems, speech output systems, video magnifier/CCTV, and word processing.
  • Counseling
    • Employs DPI licensed counselors Kindergarten through grade 12. These individuals are accessible to all students. Counseling may be added to a student's IEP if the IEP team deems it to be appropriate. Offers parent and other counseling, financial assistance, and other social services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The IEP team evaluates and makes educational decisions based upon individual student needs. If a student needs training in daily living skills the IEP team will develop an appropriate plan with goals and procedures for measuring progress.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers services to students with disabilities when they turn the age of three. An IEP team will evaluate and write an individual educational plan per state and federal law.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in all developmental areas, orientation and mobility, home teaching and resource room programs for visually impaired/multiply disabled persons, 3-21 years. Produces academic educational materials in audiocassettes, braille and large print for enrollees.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Students with disabilities have an IEP outlining their specific educational goals. Upon reaching the age of 14, the IEP team must consider transition activities based upon individual student needs and desires.
  • Health
    • Provides adaptive equipment, genetic counseling, low vision examinations, immunization, blood tests on consultant or referral basis.
  • Information and Referral
    • The Wausau School District can help with information and referral of community/state resources. Provides resources and information to students who are blind or visually impaired, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Preschool services provided in accordance with individualized education plan for children age 3 to 5 who are visually impaired. Children with visual impairments may be eligible for preschool programs based upon their individual needs. If the student is found to have a disability the IEP team will make a determination for appropriate preschool programming. All children residing within the Wausau School District are eligible for four-year-old kindergarten.
  • Support for Parents
    • Available as needed to parents of visually impaired students, as well as regularly scheduled conferences, annual individual education programs.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The Wausau School District employs a teacher of orientation and mobility.
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