– Services – School-Age Students, B/VI

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), Outreach Programs, offers services for students, ages 3 – 21 years old, who have vision impairments and attend public, charter, private or online schools.  Services are also provide for parents and staff from school districts or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Below is additional information about services available for students who are Blind and Visually Impaired which are provided through CSDB Outreach Programs.

 Adults who have a vision impairment discuss, on video, topics related to their experiences of living with a vision loss.  View the videos of Role Models – Blind/Low Vision
CSDB offers consultation, training and related support services for students who attend public, charter, private or online schools.  Specialized assessments (Independent Education Evaluations) and direct service or related service are provided on a fee-for-service basis.  Fees are determined based on the frequency and duration of the service.  CSDB’s staff are appropriately licensed in their area of expertise through the Colorado Department of Education. Specialized Assessments and Consultations CSDB staff are experienced and trained in working with students who have vision impairments. Assessments and consultations may be requested in the following areas:

  • Cognitive
  • Social Emotional
  • Academic
  • Speech and Language
  • Motor
  • Audiological

Direct Service Service contracts for direct and/or indirect service can be provided to school districts or Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) as requested.    Services provided are:

  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Counseling
  • Orientation and Mobility

Please complete this form to request  Assessment, Consultation and Direct Service throughout Colorado.

Both the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind house library media centers and each provides a variety of resources and services for students with vision or hearing loss. Parents, professionals, and communities who serve these special populations locally and statewide may borrow materials from our libraries. This link redirects to the CSDB Media Centers web page.
CSDB can provide funding for activities for students who are blind/visually impaired.  Funds are limited and must be requested prior to the event. CSDB requests that event advertisements acknowledge CSDB as a co-sponsor of the event.  CSDB co-sponsored the following events during the 2014-2015 School Year:

  • Track and Field Day
  • Bowling Events
  • Day Ski Trips
  • Close Up Trip

Request form for Student Activity Request.  

School districts and Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) may request the loan of technological equipment for short periods of time on the behalf of students who are blind/visually impaired.  Equipment can be requested for the following purposes:

  • Evaluation
  • Demonstration
  • Training
  • Trial Use

Loan Bank Request Form    

braillechallenge1_jpgBraille Challenge

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Colorado Center for the Blind host more than 50 students who are blind and visually impaired from across the state in a test of their braille skills in an academic competition unlike any other.  The students take part in The Colorado Regional Braille Challenge, which is one of more than 40 partner agencies participating in the Braille Institute’s North American braille literacy program. The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition, for students who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and Canada.  The Challenge was developed by the Braille Institute of America  to encourage children of all ages to fine-tune their braille skills. At the daylong regional event, students ages 6-19, compete in five challenging categories requiring them to read braille and type braille using a Perkins Brailler. Braille skills are tested in several categories – reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy.  Regional prize sponsors included Humanware, National Braille Press and Seedlings Braille Books for Children. The Colorado Regional Braille Challenge is the first step on the road to the national competition held at the Braille Institute headquarters in Los Angeles.  Students complete preliminary testing in winter, in hopes of qualifying for the national competition and the opportunity to compete against the top student braille users. Check back often for more information about the Braille Challenge.