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SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Admissions

Students are referred for admission to the SDSBVI through their local public schools. When a placement team, including the parents, local school district representatives and others as desired, has evaluated a child with a visual impairment and determined that an appropriate educational program cannot be provided within the local school district, placement may be requested at the SDSBVI. Upon receipt of a referral the SDSBVI Admissions Committee reviews the request and all available student data. If necessary, additional evaluations are requested or observations of the child are conducted.

The SDSBVI Admissions Committee makes its recommendation based upon the child's visual status, identified needs, program requested by the local placement team and child's medical status. The Superintendent reviews the recommendation and contacts the parents and local school. Each placement is based on the child's needs at a given point in time, and none run beyond one year. Options include day program, either full-time or part-time, or residential, and a combination of services provided by the Aberdeen public and parochial school systems, Hub Area Multi-District Vocational Center, Aberdeen Aspire, Northeastern Mental Health Center, and St. Luke's Midland Regional Medical Center.

The first 45 days of the placement is generally used for evaluation followed by a meeting of SDSBVI administrators, faculty and staff with the parents and representatives of the local public school to develop an appropriate Individual Educational Plan. This plan is reviewed at least annually and the child's need for continued services is assessed.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Dawn LaMee at 605.626.2580 or 1.888.275.3814 or by email at dawn.lamee@sdsbvi.northern.edu.

Dawn LaMee - Liason for Services
Dawn LaMee
Liaison for Services