Outreach Programs are designed to meet the needs of students statewide who do not attend CSDB, their families and school district staff. A variety of services for students, birth through high school, who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing are available.
The 2020 - 2025 CSDB strategic plan identifies the following goals for Outreach Programs:
As Colorado's premier resource on birth through high school education of the blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing, CSDB will be known statewide for its positive and successful collaboration with families, school districts and other stakeholders.
CSDB’s Outreach Department will provide a greater and more responsive array of integrated services and expertise in educating blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing learners from birth through high school to families, school districts and other stakeholders in the state.
Our Guiding Beliefs
For Families, Learners, Community Partners and Stakeholders statewide, CSDB believes:
- For the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to respect and support each family’s informed choice regarding their child’s language, communication, and hearing technology options is foundational.
- Access to ASL instruction and other learning opportunities provided by qualified Deaf instructors and/or mentors for CSDB staff, community members, professionals, and families statewide is important.
- Ensuring the learner ‘s communication needs guide their annual Communication Plan is key for provision of effective supports and services in their educational placement.
- Learners who are blind/visually impaired require accommodations to excel in core content programming and education in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), which leads to independence and success within their local school district and community.
- Parental Support, experiential learning, concept development, and introduction to ECC concepts are crucial for birth through age 2 learners and their families.
- School age students in Colorado who are blind/visually impaired critically need access to braille and large print textbooks and novels in a timely manner – as is provided through the Colorado Instructional Materials Center.