At The Ohio State School for the Blind we provide a wide range of services for our students. Related and support services include Transition, Orientation and Mobility, Weekly Eye Clinic, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Educational Audiology Support in collaboration with the Ohio School for the Deaf, as needed.
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Transition is a process within the special education program that directly links a child’s educational program with their plans for the future. Section 5 of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is also known as the Postsecondary Transition section.
Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability designed to be used within a results-oriented process. Transition planning supports the child’s transition into adult life and is based on the results of assessments conducted by the Transition Coordinator that are used to determine each child’s individual needs, strengths, interests and preferences.
The focus of the transition plan is on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child to facilitate his or her movement from school to postschool activities by looking at three areas:
postsecondary education, career and technical training, continuing/adult education
integrated or supported community employment or adult services
independent living and/or community participation
The Transition Coordinator will become part of your child’s IEP team at the annual review on or before your child’s 14th birthday. The Transition Coordinator works with the IEP team and outside agencies to support each child’s transition plan. Some agencies that we work with include county boards of developmental disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities- Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (OOD/BSVI).
For questions or more information regarding transition planning, please contact the OSSB Transition Coordinator: Tiffany Margolis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Orientation & Mobility
The goal of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) at the Ohio State School for the Blind,, "to provide a sequence of multi-sensory experiences so students can master the skills and develop 'real world' concepts necessary for their growth and maturation. These will gradually allow pupils to take responsibility for their own safety and cope with the life-long challenge of traveling independently, with limited or no sight in an ever-changing set of environments."
The teaching of O&M skills necessary to become a safe and independent traveler requires a great deal of instructional time and it necessitates a one-to-one student/instructor ratio. Instruction is best when spread out over the educational career of a student, beginning in the early elementary years and continuing through high school. Being able to travel independently is a key element in the employment of persons who are blind or visually impaired. All lessons are geared towards the individualized needs of each student, as indicated in the individualized education plan (IEP), with careful consideration given to long-term outcomes.
The O&M staff at OSSB is currently comprised of three ACVREP Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists and one Activity Therapist. These four individuals serve the entire student population in various capacities. Early elementary and students with multiple impairments receive a variety of sensory stimulation and pre-mobility activities in both group and one-to-one settings with our activity therapist. The independent travel phase of instruction is provided by the O&M instructors in typical residential, small and medium business areas, rural areas and complex downtown business districts, including the use of public transportation.
In partnership with The Ohio State University College of Optometry, The OSSB Eye Clinic runs on a weekly basis during the school year with the same attending doctor at each visit, Gregory R. Hopkins, OD MS FAAO. We are responsible for monitoring the basic eye care needs of the children who attend the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). Additionally, we help identify children who would be expected to benefit from subspecialty services through low vision evaluation, prosthetics fitting, or ophthalmic specialist referrals. Our goals are to ensure that treatable conditions are adequately addressed so that OSSB students may have the most usable vision possible—both in the short and long-term—and so that we may ensure optimal ocular comfort. This often involves specialized testing techniques (low acuity or preferential looking testing, lens bar retinoscopy, trial frame refraction, reading assessment, kinetic perimetry, etc.) to properly assess significantly reduced acuity, contrast sensitivity, or visual fields. We have extensive experience performing these measurements even in the context of concurrent developmental or cognitive impairment. We strive to provide comprehensive eye examinations, refine diagnoses, and provide treatment for secondary conditions, such as infections and glaucoma.
The OSU College of Optometry provides the faculty and student extern staffing to conduct the evaluations, and OSSB provides the funding to support clinical operations. We perform regular exams (may include dilating eye drops) on most of the children in addition to glasses fitting/dispensing/repair. If glasses are prescribed, we recommend durable frames and shatter-resistant lenses. Our clinicians write summary letters or other reports to the child’s guardians, school, doctors, or therapists explaining any ocular conditions and the functional impacts they may have. We also serve as consultants regarding patient’s ocular health status and visual function recommendations that can impact a child's performance over the course of the school day as they work to realize their unique potential.
Optometric externs (or trainees from related disciplines) may gain experience with a wide range of serious ocular conditions, such as retinopathy of prematurity, optic nerve hypoplasia, optic atrophy, cortical visual impairment, congenital cataract, pediatric aphakia, coloboma, aniridia, retinoblastoma, sydnromic retinitis pigmentosa, and Stickler’s syndrome to name a few. Externs also gain experience in examining autistic and developmentally impaired children. Additionally, there is the possibility of conjunctivitis, including infections around and behind prosthetic eyes, and a moderately high prevalence of juvenile glaucoma.
- Residential/Health Contact:
- Students are scheduled in the Eye Clinic at the discretion of the nursing staff and optometrist on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-Noon during the school year. Please send any/all exam notes from other eye doctors collaborating in the care of your child to the nurse when possible.
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