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The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) is fully accredited by the Kansas State Board of Education. KSSB provides a broad range of instructional programs for students ages three through twenty-one. Intensive and highly specialized teaching methods focus on the unique needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.

A major part of the KSSB mission is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to return home and be successful in their local schools. Those students who finish their high school careers at KSSB can do so through a regular high school graduation plan (24 credits) or through meeting the alternative graduation requirements as determined by their Individual Education Program (IEP) teams. We are very proud to report that KSSB graduates are employed at a significantly higher rate than national averages.

Fully integrated into all classrooms at KSSB is The Expanded Core Curriculum For Students Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired, a nationally recognized set of standards for the education of these unique learners. These standards include:

  • Compensatory Academic Skills - skills necessary for reading and writing Braille, large print, optical devices, recorded text, and voice output.
  • Orientation and Mobility - independent travel in indoor and outdoor environments, including the use of public transportation.
  • Social Interaction Skills - socially appropriate behavior and self-advocacy skills leading to successful and fulfilling lives with others.
  • Independent Living Skills - personal hygiene, food preparation, money management, time management, and organization of personal spaces.
  • Recreation and Leisure Skills - a repertoire of enjoyable individual and team activities that carry into adult lives.
  • Career Education - knowledge of the world of work, exploration of individual strengths and interests, work experience, and the chance to learn marketable skills.
  • Technology - access to print and internet information through computers, electronic note takers, screen readers and magnifiers, reading machines, and Braille translation software.
  • Visual Efficiency - instruction on maximizing limited vision through the use of specialized techniques and devices. Our four curricular areas are Pre-School, Elementary, Secondary, and Life Skills. All classes are conducted with very small groups and high levels of individual attention to each student.