Arizona School for the Blind Tucson – ASB
About ASB - Tucson Campus, 520.770.3863
The Arizona School for the Blind (ASB), located on the Tucson Campus of the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind, is accredited by AdvancED and provides quality educational services to students from pre-school through high school. ASB focuses on the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments, ages 3 through 21 years, who benefit from a full-time teacher of the Visually Impaired in a fully accessible environment.
Commitment to Excellence
Based on the Arizona State Standards, ASB is committed to providing quality educational programs for students who are blind or visually impaired through classroom, community, extra-curricular and vocational learning environments. ASB places a high value on braille, and has a long-term commitment to braille for literacy and academic success. We also fully integrate the Expanded Core Curriculum into our program and services.
Students have access a myriad of opportunities to reach their maximum potential through diverse experiences that enhance intellectual development, self-esteem, self-advocacy and independence. Our students partake regularly in competitions such as the Braille Challenge. They also compete on Goalball teams, in swimming, and other adaptive sports. The school also places a high value on the fine arts through Art, Music and Writing programs. For those students who reside on campus, a family-based environment is encouraged. This is a perfect learning environment for independence and daily living skills. ASB is committed to a community of learners and leaders.
Programs are specialized, student-centered, and focus on partnerships with families and the community to promote a foundation for lifelong learning and personal success. This approach serves students who represent a wide range of cognitive and academic abilities. ASB provides students with a standards-based academic curriculum with teachers who are highly qualified in their subject areas. Instruction and programming are provided for students who are visually impaired as well as students who are blind or visually impaired with additional challenges. Students, whose needs cannot be met in the traditional academic setting, receive instruction in a Community-Based Instructional (CBI) program. The CBI model allows students to learn and practice daily practical skills in the environments where they are likely to be used. Vocational/ work-education and transition planning are also provided.
Based on educational need, services are provided to students based on the Expanded Core Curriculum. Those services include, but are not limited to:
- Orientation and Mobility
- Sensory Efficiency Training
- Assistive Technology
- Compensatory Skills and Tools
- Activities of Daily Living
- Social Skills Training
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Adapted Physical Education
- Speech Therapy
- Recreation and Leisure Skills
- Social Work and Counseling