It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and schools across New York City are preparing for their annual holiday concerts. The many talented students at the Lavelle School for the Blind are among them! This Friday, December 22nd, from 9:30AM to 11:00AM Lavelle will open it’s doors to students, their families and the Bronx community to ring in this most joyous time of year in song! The theme of this year’s concert is the “Season of Giving” and the entire student population is involved in the production. Students will be performing holiday songs, playing instruments, and participating in holiday-themed activities.
Who Is Lavelle School For the Blind?
Lavelle School for the Blind is a state-funded private multi-cultural educational institution established in 1904. It was founded on the compassion and dedication of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. Located in the Bronx, nearly 150 students from over 40 countries are currently enrolled at Lavelle under the guidance of more than 100 staff members.
The Mission of Lavelle School for the Blind:
Lavelle provides students who are visually impaired and have multiple disabilities with a nurturing educational environment that challenges them and focuses on their individual needs, ensuring each student reaches their full potential.
What Does The Lavelle School Do?
Lavelle’s goal is to educate students who are blind or visually impaired, as well as students with multiple disabilities. They place an emphasis on functional academics, independence in life skills, and development of a positive self-image, ensuring students are prepared to participate in all aspects of community life. Their education model encompasses the whole child through a combination of developmental and functional strategies with a support system of staff and parents.
PRESCHOOL/EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS:
Lavelle’s Preschool/Early Childhood program is a full-day program for students ages 3-7. The program focuses on reading readiness for print and braille, communication skills, practice with augmentative communication devices and computers. Students may also receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orientation and mobility lessons, and counseling services.
The creative curriculum works to establish an environment that supports active learning. By providing specialized instruction and intensive therapy, Lavelle prepares preschool students for successful integration into the least restrictive kindergarten program possible.
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS:
The Life Skills program instructs students ages 6-21 in the development of basic self-help skills, communication, sensory motor skills, socialization skills, and post-graduation transition. Many Life Skills students are nonverbal and learn to communicate using tangible cues and augmentative and alternative communication methods. The program also aims to instill positive behavior strategies for students who are challenged by sensory and communication deficits.
The Life Skills program is composed of two core curricula:
- Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards-based curriculum specifically designed for special learners
- Mobility Opportunities Via Education curriculum (MOVE) is an activities-based curriculum that teaches functional motor skills. MOVE was created for students who have not developed the physical skills necessary to sit independently, bear weight on their feet, or take reciprocal steps.
All instructional tasks align with Common Core standards.
The R.E.A.C.H. (Readiness, Education, Academics, Careers, Habilitation) program places an emphasis on functional academics, work readiness and independent living skills. Students in R.E.A.C.H. are all visually impaired, have mild to moderate cognitive delays, and range from ages 6-21. In R.E.A.C.H., students utilize a variety of modes for learning, including braille, large print, audio, computers, speech output technology, and augmentative communication devices. Students also take classes in the areas of technology, language arts, science, social studies, math and, activities of daily living.
R.E.A.C.H. Curriculum utilizes Unique Learning System (ULS), an online standards-based curriculum specifically designed for special learners.
Transition activities, such as off-campus work and career exploration field trips, are carried out by a transition coordinator and job coaches. According to their Individual Education Program, students receive services in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and orientation and mobility.
More Information About Lavelle School for the Blind:
For more information about the Lavelle School for the Blind or the “Seasons of Giving 2017 Holiday Concert” call (718) 882-1212 or reach out to Awilda Bravo via email at [email protected] You may also follow the Lavelle School on Twitter.
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