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West Virginia Schools For The Deaf and the Blind

Short Course Program

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WVSDB, following its commitment to serving local education agencies (LEAs) throughout the state, offer a Short Course Program. Short Course is a service offered to LEAs to assist in implementing the IEP goals of county school students who are blind/low vision or deaf/hard of hearing in PreK – 12. Eligible students multiple months during the school year. Short course teachers at WVSDB follow lesson plans provided by the home county teacher and provide additional instruction and access strategies to meet specific IEP goals. Small group and one-on-one academic supports are provided with emphasis on instructional strategies and aids to ensure access to core curriculum, socialization, and areas within the expanded core curriculum.
Students remain enrolled in the LEA and return to their school and typical class schedule upon completion of the Short Course. The program is free of charge for students with hearing or vision loss in PreK-12. LEAs pay a nominal transportation fee. Students in the Short Course program will reside in the campus residential program and have meals and evening activities with the WVSDB students.
What does the student experience during Short Course?
  • The LEA Curriculum
  • Instruction based on the student’s current school assignments
  • Strategies introduced for the purpose of continued use when the student returns to the LEA
  • The Expanded Core Curriculum for Blind/Low Vision
  • Elective Classes
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • Horticulture
  • Personal Management and Organizational Skills               
  • Independent Living
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Care of Clothing
    • Home Management/Daily Living Skills
    • Recreation and Leisure
Access to Instruction and the Environment
  • Audiology
  • Reading/Writing Strategies for DHH
  • American Sign Language
  • Immersion Experiences
  • Language Development - including vocabulary
    • Braille
    • Reading/Writing
    • Slate-n-Stylus
    • Advocacy
How does a student get to Short Course?
  • LEA Referral
  • Students are referred by county special education directors, teachers or parents through the IEP process.
  • Complete Referral Packet
  • Request for services and application forms will be completed and sent to WVSDB Short Course Coordinators. These may be found on the WVSDB website within the Outreach Section.
  • Pre-visit to Local School
  • WVSDB Short Course staff will observe the student and meet with the LEA and parents.
  • Short Course Meeting
  • The number of weeks the student participates in Short Course, final admissions paperwork, and goals/services to be addressed through Short Course will be developed during an IEP meeting in the LEA with the Short Course Coordinator.
  • Student attends the Short Course Program
  • The LEA and WVSDB will work in collaboration to ensure transportation is provided to student for Short Course attendance. Students participate in mealtime and evening dorm activities with like peers throughout the week.
  • Ongoing Communication with LEA
  • After each Short Course week, summary notes with recommendations are provided to the student’s Case Manager, appropriate content teachers, and parents.
Additional Information
  • The Short Course Program is free of charge for students who are blind/low vision or deaf/hard of hearing PreK-12.
  • Scheduling is determined by the WVSDB Short Course Calendar.
  • Housing is provided to all students within the campus residential program 
  • Mealtimes coincide with the WVSDB schedule and are with WVSDB students. LEAs will maintain the process for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in collaboration with WVSDB.
  • The Short Course Coordinators will establish and maintain communication with the LEA on an ongoing basis and exchange core curriculum materials and assignments.
  • Student remains enrolled in the LEA and will return upon completion of the Short Course Week to the home school and typical class schedule.
Interested? Who to contact?
Outreach Short Course
West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
301 East Main Street
Romney WV 26757