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DEDICATED TO THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SINCE 1904

Outreach Letter 2018

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce availability of seats at Lavelle School for the Blind for the 2017- 2018 school year.

Lavelle School for the Blind is a 4201 New York State supported school for blind and visually impaired students’ ages 3-21 yrs.  Our mission is to provide a challenging education and to help develop all students to their fullest potential, and provide support and resources to the students and their parents.  Below is a description of each of our programs:

PRESCHOOL/EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Lavelle’s Preschool/Early Childhood program is a full-day program for students ages 3-7. The program focuses on reading readiness for print and braille, communication skills, practice with augmentative communication devices and computers. Students may also receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility lessons, and counseling services.

The creative curriculum works to establish an environment that supports active learning. By providing specialized instruction and intensive therapy, Lavelle prepares preschool students for successful integration into the least restrictive kindergarten program possible.

LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS

The Life Skills program instructs students ages 6-21 in the development of basic self-help skills, communication, sensory motor skills, socialization skills, and post-graduation transition. Many Life Skills students are nonverbal and learn to communicate using tangible cues and augmentative and alternative communication methods. The program also aims to instill positive behavior strategies for students who are challenged by sensory and communication deficits.

The Life Skills program is composed of two core curricula:

Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards-based curriculum specifically designed for special learners

Mobility Opportunities Via Education curriculum (MOVE) is an activities-based curriculum that teaches functional motor skills. MOVE was created for students who have not developed the physical skills necessary to sit independently, bear weight on their feet, or take reciprocal steps.

All instructional tasks align with Common Core standards.

R.E.A.C.H. PROGRAM

The R.E.A.C.H. (Readiness, Education, Academics, Careers, Habilitation) program places an emphasis on functional academics, work readiness and independent living skills. Students in R.E.A.C.H. are all visually impaired, have mild to moderate cognitive delays, and range from ages 6-21. In R.E.A.C.H., students utilize a variety of modes for learning, including braille, large print, audio, computers, speech output technology, and augmentative communication devices. Students also take classes in the areas of technology, language arts, science, social studies, math and, activities of daily living.

R.E.A.C.H. Curriculum utilizes Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards based curriculum specifically designed for special learners.

Transition activities, such as off-campus work and career exploration field trips, are carried out by a transition coordinator and job coaches. According to their Individual Education Program, students receive services in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and orientation and mobility.

Let us know how we can best meet the needs of your patients/students and their parents.   I can be reached at 718-882-1212 ext. 242 and I am available to schedule a tour at your convenience.  Thank you for your interest in Lavelle School for the Blind.

Sincerely,

Awilda Bravo, LCSW

Intake Social Worker