The Mission of the Mississippi School for the Blind is to promote a strong foundation for learning and independence by providing specialized adapted services and materials to enhance maximum potential for students with visual impairments or blindness.
Mississippi School for the Blind is a fully accredited elementary and secondary program (K-12) designed to focus on the unique learning needs of children and youth with visual impairments or blindness, including those with additional disabilities. Every student receives instruction and guidance from teachers and staff who have been specially trained to work with children and youth with visual impairments.
Courses of study offered are comparable to those of any accredited public school. In addition, students receive instruction and services unique to those with visual impairments or blindness known as the Expanded Core Curriculum depending on their particular strengths and needs. This includes, compensatory skills that help students access the state's stadard core curriculum, orientation and mobility skills, social skills, independent living skills, recreational skills, use of assistive technology, self-advocacy skills, and career education so they are adequately prepared for their college or career goals.
School counseling and other related services, including language/speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are included in the array of services available for students who qualify.
In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and state regulations, all students must be determined eligible for services through the special educational process. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each student, and the plan is reviewed and revised at least annually.