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Utah School for the Deaf & Blind Website Link

Information provided by USDB’s website

Overview:
Welcome to Utah Schools for the Blind (USB). Our goal is to provide high quality educational programs to students with vision loss throughout Utah. USB serves students who are blind or visually impaired with a strong foundation for lifelong learning at the heart of our programs. We value differences and encourage students to interact and participate in their educational community.

USB offers students a wide range of curriculum options which are individually tailored to focus on each student’s abilities. Programs begin at birth, with the Parent Infant Program and continue to serve students, as needed, through age 21 with the STEPs Transition graduated independent living program. Curricula include standard Utah Core Curriculum academics in addition to life skills instruction for students whose needs may not be met in a traditional academic setting.

We are proud of our small class sizes and low student to teacher ratios. Each program is designed to ensure a child-centered school experience. USB teachers are dedicated, creative, caring, energetic, and highly qualified with bachelors or master’s degrees and state certification.

Our students have the opportunity to reach their full potential through diverse experiences designed to enhance intellectual development, self-esteem, and self-advocacy. USB instruction allows students to learn and practice life skills in a variety of environments that help students grow to live successful and productive lives. Supplemental programs are offered regularly including short term educational programs and summer camps with collaboration participation from consumer groups.

Feel free to browse the website, visit a campus location near you, or contact us with questions, comments, or to request more information. We are here to offer support, guidance, and expert advice. We are your advocates as you navigate through the programs and services that make up your child’s education. We look forward to hearing from you!

Parent Infant Program (PIP)

Welcome to the USDB Parent Infant Program (PIP) webpage! PIP recognizes that early identification and services for children with sensory loss can significantly optimize developmental potential. Our mission is to provide high quality hearing and vision services to children under the age of three who have vision or hearing impairments,and their families. PIP services are offered throughout Utah. The PIP program works in collaboration with Utah’s Baby Watch Early Intervention system. USDB Vision or Hearing Specialists are members of each Early Intervention team in Utah. Vision and Hearing services provided through USDB are free. Eligibility to participate in the program is determined through vision or hearing diagnosis and assessment of development.

The PIP program provides a variety of home based services for children and families. Services are delivered by credentialed Early Intervention Vision and Hearing Specialists. These dedicated, caring teachers provide home –based services in a variety of natural settings using developmentally appropriate activities. Services for PIP children are implemented through Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs). Specialist visits are scheduled with a frequency based on each child’s individual needs.

The Parent Infant Program strives to provide early intervention services and coordination including:

•Support for parents and families in their efforts to understand their child’s hearing or vision loss.
•Information, training, modeling and consultation for parents and family to allow for an increased understanding of their child’s unique needs.
•Networking opportunities for families to meet others who have children with hearing or vision impairments.
•Resources and instruction designed to prepare children with sensory impairments to reach their highest potential in preparation for further education.

Educational Resource Center (ERC):
The mission of the Educational Resource Center is to provide information, technology, and instructional materials which assist Utah children with sensory impairments in reaching their maximum potential. It is also the mission of the ERC to facilitate access to materials, information and training for teachers and parents of children with sensory impairments

Access the Educational Resource Center’s (ERC) Online Library Resource Catalog System to find books, videos, audio tapes, educational aides, and other resources for the visual and/or hearing impaired.

Contact Information:

Carolyn Lasater, Associate Superintendent of the Blind
Utah School for the Blind/Visually Impaired
742 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84404
(801) 629-4718
carolynl@usdb.org

Barbara Petersen, PIP for the Blind and Visually Impaired Program Director:
742 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84404
(801) 629-4743
barbarap@usdb.org

Hollie Murdock- ERC/USIMAC Director

ERC (Ogden)
742 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84404
Ph: 801.629.4817

Mary Jo White – Librarian

ERC (Salt Lake City)
1655 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Ph: 801.464.2040

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