• Independent Living Skills

    Traveling around the community is one of many skills taught through the Expanded Core Curriculum.

    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
    Golfing is one of many fun recreational activities.
     
    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
    Students develop social skills and lasting friendships.
    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