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The Kansas State School for the Blind is a special purpose school for students aged 3-21 years of age who are visually impaired and are referred by their local school district for evaluation at KSSB in consideration of a placement decision.  KSSB is a secondary service provider that assists school districts in their provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education for their students, through time-limited placements and statewide outreach services.  Regardless of where KSSB services are provided, school districts retain primary responsibility for their students.

Daily School Schedule

Monday – Thursday 7:50 am to 3:16 pm
Friday 7:50 am to 1:45 pm 
Note: Friday school schedule (or Thursday if there is no school on Friday) allows students who must travel a longer distance to arrive home at a more reasonable hour and also allows time for staff professional development and necessary meetings.


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An orchestra visits KSSB

posted Apr 13, 2014, 10:11 AM by Jon Harding

We were treated to a performance by the Stillwater, MN, High School orchestra on April 11th.  The group was visiting Kansas City and stopped by KSSB in the morning to share their considerable talents with our staff and students.  We're always grateful for cultural opportunities provided by talented guests!

2014 Spring Concert

posted Apr 10, 2014, 8:59 PM by Jon Harding

Our spring concert was held April 10th this year.  Our students shared their musical and vocal talents with friends, family, and our school staff.  The evening was capped with an after-concert social in the Accessible Arts space downstairs.  A special thank you to our music therapist, Jenny Karnes, for spearheading this event.  Thank you also to all the Accessible Arts staff, our students, staff, volunteers and everyone who made the event a success.  

Boys' Weekend Pictures

posted Apr 7, 2014, 6:55 AM by Jon Harding

A few pictures from our most recent Boys' weekend (below):

A visit from the Kansas State Board of Education

posted Mar 12, 2014, 3:16 PM by Jon Harding   [ updated Mar 12, 2014, 3:17 PM ]

Kansas Board of Education members visited KSSB's campus on Wednesday, March 12th.  The board heard updates regarding KSSB's programs and services:  outreach, transition, the Braille Challenge, Accessible Arts, Deaf-Blind services, and the Expanded Core Curriculum (Blindness Adaptation Skills).  They were treated to a poetry reading by one of our students.  We appreciated the opportunity to share our school activities and events with the state board.  

2014 Girls' Weekend

posted Mar 7, 2014, 6:37 PM by Jon Harding

KSSB's Girls' weekend will be April 4th-6th this year.  More information can be found below.

2014 Extended School Year (Summer School)

posted Mar 7, 2014, 11:42 AM by Jon Harding   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 5:10 PM ]

Pleased see attached documents for information about the 2014 Extended School Year program.

The 2014 Kansas Sunflower Regional Braille Challenge was a great success.

posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:52 AM by Jon Harding   [ updated Feb 28, 2014, 11:08 AM ]

Click picture above for more pictures of the 2014 Braille Challenge on our Facebook page!   

Gerber Foundation training: wrap-up/summary

posted Feb 26, 2014, 7:39 AM by Jon Harding   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 9:17 PM ]

On January 29th, 2014, forty-five educators and related service professionals attended a training at KSSB entitled, Feeding Time as a Pleasant Experience for Children Who Are Visually Impaired.   The presenters, Cathy Smyth, Teacher of Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired and an Early Childhood Educator; Carol Spicer, Occupational Therapist; and Zoe Morgese, Speech Language Pathologist, who directed a 3-year Gerber Foundation Grant awarded to the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, Colorado.  They designed and implemented the research project to determine how vision impairments affects feeding development in children from birth to 3 years of age.  This training was conducted at the Kansas State School for the Blind on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This workshop was sponsored by the KSDE TASN grant for TVIs and COMS, and the Kansas State School for the Blind.  

2014-2015 Assistive Technology Flyer

posted Feb 18, 2014, 5:50 AM by Jon Harding

KSSB is interested in Assistive Technology and hopes that you are too!  This flyer shares more information about what we are offering and how you might get involved.  

2014 Gwendolyne Hawley Scholarship Award

posted Feb 17, 2014, 8:36 AM by Marva Thompson

Applications for the 2014 Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award are now being accepted. More information and online applications are available at the Gwendolyne Hawley Scholarship page.

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