School Age Services (3 to 21 years), B/VI
Specialized Assessments and Consultation
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) offers consultation, training and services for students who attend public, charter, private or online schools. Specialized assessments (Independent Educational Evaluations) and direct service or related services 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.
Adult Role Models
Adults who have a variety of vision impairments discuss topics related to their experiences of living with a vision loss through videos on the CSDB YouTube channel. Connect to the playlist: Role Models – Blind/Low Vision
Contracts for direct services can be developed with school districts or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) upon request. Services provided may include:
- Specialized instruction provided by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Orientation and Mobility services
Each year, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) partners with the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB) to host students who are blind or visually impaired in a test of their braille skills in Littleton, Colorado. Another Braille Challenge opportunity is held on the campus of CSDB in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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 these regional events, 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. 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 Colorado, in hopes of qualifying for the national competition and the opportunity to compete against the top student braille users in the country.