Lavelle School for the Blind will celebrate its 3rd Annual Talent Show Friday, May 18, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the school’s gym. Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the school community, friends, family and the press. Lavelle students have been preparing a number of great acts including singing, playing instruments, dancing, and even modeling.
This year’s theme is “Sharing Love & Talent Together.” At Lavelle, students are encouraged through self-exploration. Thier varying abilities are viewed as strengths, NOT weaknesses. Lavelle’s dedicated staff and strengths-based curriculum are committed to providing students with opportunities for them to be who they are, allowing them to express themselves creatively. Rest assured, this talent show will be different from any other you have attended before!
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 “3rd Annual Talent Show” call (718) 882-1212 or reach out to Awilda Bravo via email at [email protected] You may also follow the Lavelle School on Twitter.