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For more information regarding the Transition Program at KSSB e-mail Lori Smith or call 913-305-3066.

The Kansas State School for the Blind Transition Program is a comprehensive and individualized program that provides the skills and experiences to facilitate an effective transition from high school to adulthood and the world of work.  The program is designed as a "cohort" model where students support one another as they work to achieve goals they have set for themselves. Students are allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies in their local school and then come to Kansas State School for the Blind for targeted training.

Interested students must attend a 3-day Assessment and Orientation the Spring Semester prior to enrollment.

Career Education:
  • Gain knowledge of occupations
  • Explore interests and abilities
  • Develop skills to conduct an effective job search

Vocational Training:

  • On-the-job training at one or a variety of area businesses to develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment while gaining valuable work experience
  • Attend classes at the Kansas City Kansas Technical Education Center (TEC) to gain training and certification in one of 22 different Technical Vocational/Training Programs

College Prep:

Attend courses at Kansas City Kansas Community College while learning the skills necessary for college success to include:
  • Determining necessary accommodations and best format
  • Obtaining accommodations, technology and supplies
  • Utilizing services offered through the college student services office and vocational rehabilitation
  • Organizing and prioritizing coursework
  • Problem solving effectively

Independent Living Skills:
Students develop the skills necessary to live independently, by graduating from the dorm to an on-campus apartment, and in some cases to living in an apartment off-campus. Specialized techniques are taught to include, but are not limited to:
  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Meal preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Time management
  • Clothing care
  • Organization of personal living space
  • Budgeting, banking and money management
  • Orientation & Mobility Skills:
  • Opportunities for more advanced travel skills are available, including the use of public transportation to work or school, and the chance to plan one's own outings.

Assistive Technology Skills:

Students can improve their skills in technology adapted for visual impairments to access print and internet information through:
  • Computers with screen readers and magnification
  • Electronic note takers
  • Reading machines
  • Braille translation software

Compensatory Skills:

  • Students have the opportunity to improve skills in Braille or utilizing low vision devices to read, write and gather information in the most efficient way. Study and organizational skills can also be improved.
  • Need for further curricular knowledge or specialized skills can be addressed.

Students gain an understanding of their visual impairment and their accommodation needs for various environments and tasks. Advocacy skills are taught and practiced through experiences at the college, on the job, in the apartment, and on community outings.

Social Skills:

Students are able to develop and refine social skills formally through classes and reflections with staff, and informally through participation with others on or off-campus.

Recreation and Leisure Skills:

Students have the opportunity to develop a repertoire of:   
  • Individual and team activities
  • Athletic and table top games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Performance arts
Jon Harding,
Sep 11, 2015, 9:55 PM
Jon Harding,
Jan 27, 2014, 7:10 AM