The Outreach Program plays a key role in providing services to students who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-handicapped in South Dakota. Outreach Vision Consultants are certified teachers of the visually impaired who travel throughout the entire state providing assistance to students, families, and educators. Services may range from assisting in developing a home-based infant stimulation program to providing classroom consultation focusing on the skills of blindness addressed in the Expanded Core Curriculum. Consultants also take part in IEP meetings and conduct individual assessments.
Outreach Vision Consultants provide information, recommendations, and assistance to students, parents, and local school districts.
- Classroom and curriculum modifications
- Eye conditions
- Visual adaptations for a school or home environment
- Expanded Core Curriculum
- In-services for teachers and students
Outreach Vision Consultants also maintain a Loan Library and loan educational toys, materials, and adaptive equipment for students being served.
Outreach services are designed to assist local school districts in implementing appropriate educational programs for children who are visually impaired who can be served within the local district. The number of visits is determined by the child's individual needs and the desires of the parents and teachers. The intent of the program is to be as flexible and responsive as possible.
There are currently five Outreach Vision Consultants. Two are located at the school in Aberdeen and serve the northeastern and north central parts of the state. The third has an office in Mitchell and serves the south central portion. The Outreach Vision Consultant for the western part of the state has an office in Spearfish. Dividing the state into four territories helps to reduce travel time and increase time spent working with and for students. Each Outreach Vision Consultant will have an active caseload of approximately 30-50 students at any given time.
As a part of the school’s educational services, there is no charge for in-state students for services provided by our staff, including consultant visits, evaluations, tuition, room/board, or fees.
Referrals can be made by parents, school administrators, teachers, eye care specialists, agencies, and concerned individuals.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact Dan Trefz at 605-626-2580 or 1-888-275-3814 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.