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Subject: KEYS/Short-term Programming for Blind/Visually Impaired Students

Source: Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Special Education Teachers, Directors of Special Education, Principals, and Parents   

Date: October 3, 2011

Missouri School for the Blind (MSB) offers short-term placement options for blind/visually impaired students who are attending Missouri's public schools.  

The KEYS (Knowledge to Empower Your Success) program offers individually designed short-courses to address the vision specific needs of students.  Student needs are identified through the IEP process by identifying strengths/weaknesses for visually impaired/blind students at any grade level.  Short-courses are designed to provide intensive instruction to help students acquire the skills they need to be more independent and successful in their local schools and communities.  

This program has been developed to serve students ages five to twenty-one.  Needs are identified by local IEP teams and referred to MSB for these services.  If eligible, students may receive three to eighteen weeks of specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: 

Computer and Assistive Technology

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Braille Skills

Visual Efficiency Skills for Low-Vision Specific academic skills in core areas Reading comprehension Math computation/Pre-algebra or geometry Science concepts MAP/GLEs EOC preparation Activities of Daily Living Skills Transition Skills

MSB's KEYS program is provided at no cost to the local school district or parent.  For more information, please contact Joy Waddell, Assistant Superintendent, Missouri School for the Blind (314-776-4320), email joyce.waddell@msb.dese.mo.gov or visit our website http://msb.dese.mo.gov/.