Early Learning Program
The Early Learning Program provides instruction for children with visual impairment ages birth to five years, within two distinct programs; Infants & Toddlers, and the center-based programs including both Preschool and Kindergarten. The Preschool and Kindergarten program serves children, ages three through five years of age. The purpose of the program is to promote readiness for school-age programs in the most integrative setting possible. Typically developing students, without disabilities, are included as an integral part of the daily program. Activities and materials from the curriculum are modified to meet the Maryland Early Learning Standards and support the development and learning of all students. The program is licensed through the Office of Child Care.
General Academic Program
The General Academic Program, serves students who are on an academic diploma track. Students also receive direct instruction in functional academic skills as well as in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students who are blind or visually impaired. It is designed to address specific skill needs of students, address learning issues and facilitate a successful return to their local school system. The General Academic Program follows an academic curriculum based on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.
Functional Academic Program
The Functional Academic Program is comprised of a full complement of programming to meet the educational and social needs of students who are blind and visually impaired. Vocational training is emphasized. Academic instruction is presented at a student’s instructional level and is based on significantly modified content standards. Students also receive instruction in the content areas of the expanded core curriculum for the blind and visually impaired learners.
Program for Students who are Blind with Multiple Disabilities
The Program for Students who are Blind with Multiple Disabilities, serves students with severe and profound disabilities with emphasis on functional life skills, including communication, and a strong multi-sensory approach to learning. The Unique Learning System based on Common Core standards is used. Students also receive instruction in content areas of the expanded core curriculum for blind and visually impaired learners. The educational program takes into consideration the complex health and physical needs of each student, while developing age-appropriate adaptive skills to increase independence. This program also includes students with dual sensory impairments of both hearing and vision.
Program for Students who are Blind with Autism
The Program for Students who are Blind with Autism, serves students with disorders of communicating and relating, including those on the Autism Spectrum. Emphasis is placed on functional life-skills and communication and learning is supported in highly structured, sensory controlled environments. The Unique Learning System based on Common Core standards is used. Students also receive instruction in content areas of the expanded core curriculum for blind and visually impaired learners.