SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Summer Programs

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.

Assistive Technology

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

Compensatory Academic

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)

Independent Living

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


self-advocacy, problem-solving

Sensory Efficiency

using all senses: visual, auditory, tactual

Social Interaction

getting along with others

For more information, please contact Dawn LaMee at 605-626-2580 or 1-888-275-3814 or by email at

Dawn LaMee - Liason for Services
Dawn LaMee
Liaison for Services