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Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
201 North Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-1499
(412) 621-0100 (Local)
(412) 621-4067 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, located in the heart of Oakland, Pennsylvania, is an educational facility committed to training visually impaired students with additional disabilities.

Founded more than 120 years ago as a facility to provide the best education for boys and girls who were blind, the School has never wavered from this mandate.

As a private institution chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the School educates approximately 175 students annually from 242 school districts within western Pennsylvania. Students may enroll at age three and they can continue until 21.

Hours of operation: Residential, 5 days a week.
Staff description: 260 full-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Western Pennsylvania.
Publications: Insights (biannual).


Todd Reeves, Superintendent and Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual counseling. Provides referrals to community agencies.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides sensory training and training in personal management, braille, handwriting, listening, and typing skills and in the use of video magnifiers and electronic mobility aids.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers toddler program for children from birth to age 3 who are suspected of being blind.
  • Education Services
    • Offers preschool through 12th grade, functional, community-referenced curriculum for blind students with moderate to severe disabilities.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, sheltered workshops, follow-up service.
  • Health
    • Maintains 24-hour health center staffed by licensed nurses.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers five days per week educational programs for children ages 3 to 6.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers after-school programs, expressive arts, bowling, dance, radio, swimming. Offers extended school-year program.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers case management services to families.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides PA 48 training to professional staff.

Ongoing Events/Programs

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