KSB is a branch of the Division of Learning Services in the Office of Next Generation Learners within the Kentucky Department of Education.
Type of School: The Center-Based K-12 Program serves students who live in Kentucky and are blind or visually impaired, ages 5 to 21. Students who live beyond 50 miles from the campus typically reside on campus. The Short Term Program provides 1-12 weeks of intensive, specialized instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students With Visual Impairements. KSB also provides extended opportunities such as the Braille/Low Vision Carnival, Weekend Retreat, Insight College Prep Program, Summer Programs and more.
Setting: The campus is located on 15 acres in the beautiful historic Clifton neighborhood in Louisville, KY
Parking: Parking is available on Frankfort Avenue, Haldeman Avenue or on the KSB side of Will Evans Way (in between KSB and APH)
Students Served: As the only statewide educational resource center on blindness, KSB served over 1,100 students during the 2012 - 2013 school year
Classroom Size: 10 or less
Academic Departments: English/Language Arts, Science, Arts and Humanities, Physical Education, Mathematics, Practical Living/Career Studies, Social Studies, and Community Based Instruction
Related Services: Orientation & Mobility, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy
Computer Capabilities: All classrooms and dorms are internet accessible, and are equipped with software for accessibility by students and teachers who are blind and visually impaired; braille printers are available
Extracurricular Activities: Athletics (Track & Field, Goalball, Wrestling, Swimming, Cheerleading), Forensics, After School Work Program, Scouts and Venture Crew, Choir, Radio Broadcasting, Fitness Club, Weightlifting Club and Music Lessons
Support to Local School Districts:
KSB Outreach Departments supports proficient student performance by assisting local school districts in reducing barriers to learning associated with a vision loss and by providing students access to the general curriculum, the Program of Studies, Core Content, and Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments. Professional development is also provided to statewide teachers of the visually impaired, service providers, and support staff through KSB Outreach programs such as Gateways to Independence and other trainings.
Through the Kentucky Instructional Materials Resource Center (KIMRC), students who are blind and visually impaired are provided with textbooks in braille and large print and other educational materials for use in local school programs. The resource center also conducts an annual registration of Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired.
Support to Families:
The Family Support Center promotes and engages parents, caregivers and other family members as full partners in the education process. Outreach staff takes 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.
The Kentucky School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment programs, vocational programs, National Lunch and Breakfast Program, or activities set forth in compliance with the Office of Civil Rights, Title VI, VII, Title IX, ADA and Section 504.
The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, birth to 21.
We believe students who are blind and visually impaired…
- can progress in school and achieve at high levels
- have changing educational needs that must be addressed individually
- have a right to be provided with the knowledge, tools and relationships necessary to build successful lives
- can make successful transitions to post secondary education and/or work
- deserve to be taught in a safe, comfortable, productive and positive learning environment by caring, competent professionals
- are a part of a larger community of family, friends, school and community and that these entities are integrally entwined
- are important and positive contributors to society