2019 Summer Program Application Form (coming soon)
The Extended School Year Summer Program brings together blind and visually impaired students from across South Dakota for learning and fun. The program is based on the Expanded Core Curriculum to better prepare students for independence.
The six-week program is held each summer with three weeks in June and three weeks in July. Each student’s summer program is coordinated with their IEP or 504 Plan and can be considered as an Extended School Year (ESY) to receive Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The IEP team determines the number of weeks a child will attend.
Students who are blind or visually impaired, ages 6-21, who reside in South Dakota attend free of charge. Students from out of state may be admitted on a tuition basis if space is available.
Students will experience many of the following activities during the Summer Program.
electronic magnification, screen magnification, screen reading, scanning and reading, iPads, refreshable braille
Career Education and Transition
career exploration, job seeking skills, job shadowing, work experiences
communication skills needed to access the academic curriculum, including concept development, spatial awareness, listening skills, communication mode, and modes for reading and writing (Braille, large print, tactile symbols, recorded materials)
personal hygiene, food preparation, clothing care, shopping, accessing community services, self-advocacy, money management, time management, organizational skills
Orientation and Mobility
cane use, community travel, mobility aids, iPhone use, public transportation
Recreation and Leisure
fitness, sports, games, boating, bowling, movies, board games, swimming
using all senses: visual, auditory, tactual
getting along with others
For more information, please contact Dawn LaMee at 605-626-2580 or 1-888-275-3814 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison for Services