The mission of the Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) is to empower students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to assume responsible roles in society and to lead fulfilling lives. With an environment rich in comprehensive services, education specialists, an individualized accredited curriculum, and transition planning, KSSB will lead through partnerships with parents, local schools, and community resources to ensure equal access to a high quality education for all Kansas students who are blind or visually impaired.
Kansas citizens who are blind or visually impaired will make increasingly valuable contributions to our communities, state, and nation as access to a high quality education is afforded to all of our children. To help achieve this goal, KSSB will be the catalyst and resource for a new era of statewide educational excellence that will be a declaration of independence and pride for persons with visual disabilities.
- We should create an environment where every individual has the opportunity to maximize his potential.
- Individuals should be encouraged to strive for their dreams and be supported in developing a plan to reach them.
- Each person (staff and students) has personal gifts and strengths that should be recognized, utilized and nurtured.
- This school continually impacts the ability of each student to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
- All students can learn; we encourage students to be life-long, self-directed learners.
- We will always work together as a team in collaboration with all stakeholders.
- We will always provide learning experiences that lead to greater independence.
- We will always have high expectations of all individuals in their work and interactions.
- We will always maximize instructional time with students.
- We will always make sure the Expanded Core Curriculum is part of every child's program.
- We will always treat individuals with dignity and respect and will not tolerate words or actions that demean an individual.
- KSSB has some of the most talented and creative teachers to be found
anywhere. Most are licensed specialists in Blindness and Visual
Impairments and many have additional specializations such as math or
science or areas of disability (i.e., Deaf-Blind or Learning
Disabilities). All staff members function as a part of a
multidisciplinary team which guides the education of each student.
- Among these team members are Teachers of the Visually Impaired,
Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Rehabilitation Teachers, Social
Workers, a Music Therapist, Nurses, a Dietary Specialist, Occupational
and Physical Therapists, a School Psychologist, a Low Vision
Optometrist, an Activity Therapist, Braille Transcribers, and a Speech