Residential ProgramAt the School for Blind Children, nearly 25% of our boys and girls travel great distances far from their families and the familiar confines of their homes, in order to access our highly specialized and effective educational services. Offered to those who live in these outlying areas or have medically related conditions that make it difficult to commute daily, the School’s Residential Program operates Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons.
For parents adapting to the reality of raising a child with severe disabilities, deciding to entrust the care of their son or daughter to someone else for five days week can be extremely difficult and emotionally charged. The choice can have a tremendous impact on your child’s future success, development and overall well-being.
Parents can take comfort that the nurturing, secure environment provided at our School aims to replicate a home-like atmosphere where students can thrive. The entire campus becomes a family unit, almost like an extended family living under the same roof. There are school functions, club meetings and activities after school, along with social gatherings. There are dorm rooms for the students to call home, an individualized dietary program and twenty-four hour, qualified staff to look after them. And whether it’s through a phone call, email or Skype video chat, parents and students are encouraged to maintain close contact throughout the week.
Both before and after dinner, after-school programming blends teachable moments with group activities that reinforce functional skills taught throughout the instructional day. Kids might enjoy a performance by local musicians, participate in horticulture activities in the greenhouse, work on daily living skills in the Student Apartment, play t-ball in the gymnasium or benefit from creative expression with arts and crafts.On Friday afternoons, the students leave campus, to remain at home for the weekend. Then, on Sunday afternoons, the cycle repeats itself and the students arrive back on campus to begin another week of instruction and learning, along with socializing with their friends and being involved in their over-all school experience.