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Department for the Visually Impaired

Literacy, independent mobility, and the use of technology are critical to the academic and vocational success of blind and visually impaired people. At MSDB, these areas of education are addressed in the Expanded Core Curriculum for Visually Impaired Students, along with life skills, vocational skills, communication, and tactual learning, including abacus and other math accommodations.

This expanded core curriculum supplements the standard curriculum, in which students receive daily instruction in language arts, reading, science, math, social studies and health enhancement. Art, music, and vocational courses are taught as appropriate for age level and placement in school.

An individualized education program (IEP) is developed for each student, according to his or her needs.

 Through the expanded core curriculum, children at MSDB learn from specifically trained and certified instructors how to use assistive computer technology, low vision aids, Braille, and methods of orientation and mobility that free them to get around on their own.  For example, being able to move independently and safely is one of the most important issues facing people who have lost most or all of their sight. The school’s Orientation and Mobility Specialist helps blind or visually impaired students to reach their potential in traveling safely, efficiently, and gracefully through all environments.

Transition from high school to post-secondary education, technical training, and/or employment is an important aspect of education for blind and visually impaired students. For information on MSDB’s Transition Program, please click here.