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SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI)

 

Logo of South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually ImpairedThe South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI) emphasizes both Skills for Independence and a full Academic Program.

 

Skills for Independence

The goal for each student at the SDSBVI is development of those skills that will promote independence. For students who are blind or visually impaired, the teaching of adaptive skills is vitally important.

      Low Vision: Students are taught to use appropriate aids to make effective use of their residual vision.

      Braille: Braille instruction is an essential part of literacy for students who cannot efficiently read print.

      Orientation and Mobility: Orientation and mobility includes instruction in the use of a long cane, safe travel and the use of public transportation.

      Daily Living Skills: Students develop their skills in personal grooming and dressing, etiquette, care of clothing and home-maintenance. They learn to plan meals, shop and cook.

      Adaptive Technology: Students learn to use tools that will promote their independence in school, at home and at work. Computer adaptations enlarge print or provide auditory information. Other devices aid in mobility, communications and daily living skills.

      Adaptive Physical Education: Students develop their physical potential through exercise, games and competitive sports. Swimming, track, therapeutic horseback riding and goal ball are included.

      Library Resources: The collection includes both fiction and non-fiction in accessible formats. Equipment and games are also available.

Academic Program

SDSBVI provides a full academic program, kindergarten through high school, with special emphasis given to adapting teaching materials and teaching methods to meet the needs of visually impaired students.

The curriculum blends academic coursework and practical skills to enable students to attain maximum independence. SDSBVI offers coursework in independent travel, Braille, activities of daily living, low vision utilization, use of specialized equipment, and preparation for employment.

Transition: SDSBVI cooperates with the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) in the effort to help students successfully transition from school to employment.

Source:

http://www.sdsbvi.sdbor.edu/default.htm

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