Special Education Services
Local school districts may refer school-age students for specialized services for students enrolled in their district and for whom other resources are not available.
Society teachers provide direct instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired attending public school. Such instruction includes functional vision evaluations, Braille instruction, Nemith Code (Braille math), and the abacus for math. In addition, our Teachers adapt academic material into a format best suited for the student (braille or large print).
Additional evaluation and consultation is given to regular classroom teachers to help them address a blind student’s needs as well.
Learning about one’s immediate environment and getting around independently is very difficult with diminished vision. Society Orientation and Mobility Specialists help students navigate the processes of learning body concepts, orientation of oneself within a given setting, and being able to move freely from place to place. Direct instruction on the use of the white cane to travel is taught to children of all ages to allow the student to independently get around their school, home, community and other settings. How to cross busy streets, intersections, use of stop lights and when to cross and use of public transportation (including busses and Metrolink) is paramount for self-esteem and independence.
(Specialized Technology and Adaptive resources for Students)
In conjunction with Lighthouse for the Blind, STARS provides individual technology training to school-age students of all ages and small group daily living skill classes to students ages 6 – 15.
Demonstration, evaluation and training in Adaptive Technology is available for students of all ages. Services provide opportunities to explore and learn about adaptive technology, including assistance with purchasing hardware and software which may help a student in their school work and independence. In-depth evaluations and training on one-to-one basis available at no cost to the student or their family. Technology Training classes available at the Society, in-home or other location as needed or requested, some Saturday classes available.
Daily Living Skills (Activities of Daily Living) are taught in small group setting (ages 6 – 15) and addresses social skills, meal preparation and eating skills, clothes sorting and laundry, home/room organization and additional skills necessary for independence. Classes offered at no cost to those participating. Group classes are held at St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 8770 Manchester Rd.
Third Saturday of Each Month (August – May)
Ages 6-8 from 9-10:45
Ages 9-11 from 11-12:45
Ages 12-15 from 1-2:45
To Join A Group please contact Lisa Davis, TVI at 314-423-4333 ext. 149 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Lighthouse for the Blind and contractual fees from local school districts there is no cost to the student or their family for any of our Children’s Services.