The Outreach department supports proficient student performance by assisting local school districts, including KSB and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, in reducing barriers to learning associated with a vision loss and providing students access to the general curriculum, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, and Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments.
A variety of materials are embossed in Braille for school, community, and students out in the state.
LOW VISION EVALUATIONS
Referrals are accepted for comprehensive low vision evaluations provided by an optometrist specializing in low vision.
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
promotes and engages parents, caregivers and other family members as full partners in the education process for their children. We also take an active role in collaboration with other agencies in planning and hosting regional and/or statewide activities that promote family awareness and involvement in their child's education
KENTUCKY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS RESOURCE CENTER (KIMRC)
(KIMRC) provides textbooks in braille and large print and other educational materials needed by students who are blind and visually impaired for use in local school programs. The resource center also conducts an annual registration of students who are blind and visually impaired in Kentucky .
Material provided to students who are blind and visually impaired are the property of the KIMRC and should be returned when no longer needed. These materials are then assigned to another student when requested.
Outreach works in partnership with the Educational Cooperatives to facilitate expansion of regional services. KSB Outreach Consultants are assigned to each of the Educational Cooperatives as point of contacts about services and programs offered by KSB . Referrals for services may be made by the Director of Special Education within local school districts to the assigned KSB Outreach Consultant for their cooperative or by contacting KSB Director of Outreach.
The KSB Short Term Program, a nationally recognized model program, offers students the opportunity to receive direct and intensive instruction for their vision needs. Students may attend up to 12 weeks in a school year but remain enrolled in their home district. Instruction is focused on the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students With Visual Impairments and supports the Core Content.