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Expanded Core Curriculum

Life Skills Program

The Life Skills program prepares students with visual disabilities for their roles as independent home managers, consumers, and citizens. It incorporates the application of other content aspects into everyday living, and develops skills, attitudes, and knowledge, which prepare students with visual disabilities for the future. A successful Life Skills program provides learning experiences, instruction, and independence. The Life Skills program needs the cooperation of all the staff, administrators, teachers, teacher aides, food service personnel, youth leaders, educational leaders, maintenance personnel, nursing staff, and parents.

Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is direct of specially designed instruction to adjust physical and motor fitness, fundamental motor skills, aquatics and dance skills, and individual or group sports to meet the unique needs of individuals. Students eligible for APE have goals and objectives written into their IEPs and APE is considered the least restrictive environment. 

APE instruction is delivered in a variety of educational settings these are the most common:

  • Large group: a large class with one or more instructors/assistants (commonly known as inclusion)
  • Small group: 2-10 students to 1 teacher
  • 1:1 (one-to-one): a student with an Adapted Physical Educator.

Once students meet their APE goals, they return to participating in general physical education. 


Blind and low vision students at OSSB use a variety of assistive technologies to access the curriculum. Blind computer users use JAWS for Windows screen reader; low vision students use Zoomtext for screen magnification and CCTVs. Students use Openbook for OCR scanning; Duxbury for Braille translation, and the Braille Note family of notetakers.

Once a student is enrolled at OSSB a comprehensive technology assessment is given to evaluate current technology skills. Using the results of the assessment, the type of technology best suited for the student's needs is determined. Type and duration of instruction is then provided per IEP goals.

Technology instruction begins with keyboarding and basic notetaking skills in elementary grades. Middle and high school computer instruction includes assistive software with standard programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet.

Technology Resources

Adaptive Technology Resources from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adaptive resources at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, including tips, tricks and assessments
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Check out the Web Braille. Students can do searches of NLS catalogs to find materials.
Learning Ally Students and teachers can search Learning Ally's catalog for textbooks.