For more than 125 years, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children has remained on the forefront of educating blind and visually impaired students. Part of our commitment is to collaborate with individuals and organizations and to be a resource to the community.
Our efforts are intended to raise awareness of our Mission and issues regarding the visually impaired while continuing to evolve to best meet the ever-changing, complex needs of the special boys and girls we are so privileged to serve.
The following are proud partners of the School:Little Bear Sees: Little Bear Sees is a website designed by a family of a child with CVI. Packed with ideas, Little Bear Sees is a wonderful resource for children with CVI all of all ages. For more information: www.littlebearsees.SportsVision: In an effort to help provide people with vision impairment with a space to socialize while playing audio darts, the School provides SportsVision with a dedicated area on our Oakland campus. SportsVision’s work is focused on enabling individuals who are blind or visually impaired to participate in competitive sports and leisure activities. For more information: www.mysportsvision.org
Oakland Task Force: The School is a member of the Oakland Task Force which is a partnership of Oakland institutions, businesses, community groups, public agencies, and city government focused on improving Oakland. The OTF strategic action agenda addresses Oakland's problems through implementation of projects that are transforming Oakland into the vibrant place we know it can be. For more information: www.oaklandtaskforce.org
Council of Schools for the Blind: The School is a member of this organization (COSB) of special purpose schools for students who are blind and visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. We work together as a professional learning community to improve services to students enrolled on our campuses and to promote quality educational outcomes for all blind or visually impaired students regardless of where they attend school. For more information: www.cosb1.org
Pennsylvania Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind: The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is one of the four official charter schools for the deaf and blind in the commonwealth. The Schools provide services to students who have profound sensory loss, and/or whose losses are compounded by additional disabilities. The population we service is unique because both deafness and blindness are low incidence, irreversible sensorineural disabilities, often requiring carefully developed, long term, specialized programming, but with a reasonable prognosis for eventual success. For more information: http://pacharteredschools.org/
Pennsylvania-Delaware chapter of the Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired AER): AER is the only international membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults. For more information: www.penn-delaer.org
The Pennsylvania Deaf Blind Initiative:Through PaTTAN, the Deafblind Initiative offers a variety of training, technical assistance, and resources to assist educators in assessment and instruction for students who are deafblind. The deafblind initiative offers family involvement activities, such as family-to-family networking, an on-line study group for families, an annual conference, and Family Leadership Network training. For more information: http://www.pattan.net/teachlead/Deafblind.aspx.