• Photo One: Brian Starkey and a police officer walk the school track. Photo Two: Faith Miller and Gavin Pressley practice their Orientation and Mobility skills.

    Independent Living Skills

    Whether it’s traveling around the community, cooking a meal, or managing a budget, our team of specialized professionals is committed to enabling each student to live as independently as possible. The School for the Blind uses the nationally recognized Expanded Core Curriculum to ensure that students develop independent living skills along with academic skills.  

    The Expanded Core Curriculum includes:  

    Compensatory Academics: concept development, organizational skills, speaking and listening, and communication skills such as braille or print reading and writing
    Orientation and Mobility: skills to orient children who are visually impaired to their surroundings and travel skills to enable them to move independently and safely in the environment
    Independent Living Skills: skills needed to function as independently as possible including personal grooming, time management, cooking, cleaning, clothing, child care, and money management 
    Sensory Efficiency: skills that help students use the senses, including functional vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste
    Use of Technology: skills to use devices such as computer or other electronic equipment that make it easier to function effectively in school, at home, and in the workplace
    Career Education: skills that enable students who are blind or visually impaired to move toward working as an adult 
    Social Interaction Skills: skills needed to respond appropriately and participate in social situations
    Recreation and Leisure: skills to ensure students’ enjoyment of physical and leisure time activities
    Self-determination: skills to enable students to become effective advocates for themselves based on their own needs and goals