The following Outreach Services are provided to Kansas children (ages 0-21) who are blind or visually impaired:
- Consultations to school districts and parents about strategies for teaching the student who is blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
- Evaluations in the student's home or school followed by recommendations for educational programming, materials, and equipment.
- Evaluations in the following areas are available: Functional Vision, Braille, Orientation & Mobility, Technology, Daily Living Skills and Vocational/Transitional Skills.
- Comprehensive Evaluations at KSSB by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. These evaluations range from 5 to 30 days.
- Vocational Assistance to provide guidance and counseling, individual work experience, and career development activities. The SWEATS (Student Work Experience Achieves Transition Success) Program assists local school districts to provide career development experiences for students in their own communities. With help from the Kansas Rehabilitation Services/Division of Services for the Blind and other organizations, KSSB coordinates an effort to help students learn job skills through classroom activities and paid jobs in the community.
- Direct Service to students who are blind or visually impaired in Orientation and Mobility and compensatory skills.
- Inservice Training and Workshops for school personnel and parents.
- Braillewriter and Recorder Repair by the AT&T Telephone Pioneers Volunteers.
Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC)
Questions: KIRC Coordinator (913) 281-3308 x417, email KIRC@kssb.net, website: http://www.kirc.org.
KIRC is a State and Federally funded project that provides assistance and support to Kansas school districts including:
- Instructional Materials Center of Braille and large type textbooks and library books, and educational aids for loan to teachers for use by students with visual impairments.
- Braille Transcription of educational materials by the KIRC-sponsored Delores R. Benjamin Volunteer Transcription Group.
- Continuing Education and professional development opportunities for teachers.
- Newsletter and other communications to inform and support teachers.
- Professional Library of materials for loan to teachers.
- Kansas Deaf-Blind Library of professional materials for loan to parents, families and professionals.
- Assistive Technology Resource Center of adaptive equipment for loan/lease to local school districts for use by Kansas students with visual impairments.