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
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
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
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.