Illinois School for the

Visually Impaired
658 East State Street Jacksonville, Illinois  62650-2130
Toll Free: 800-919-5617 Voice: 217-479-4400 TTY: 217-479-4415 Fax: 217-479-4479

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Illinois School
for the Visually Impaired
658 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

  • The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) was founded in 1848 and is located on an 18-acre campus in Jacksonville, approximately 35 miles west of Springfield.

  • The mission of ISVI is to serve as a statewide educational resource, offering students with visual impairments quality services which will enable them to become personally productive, self-sufficient citizens.

  • ISVI is accredited by the North Central Association and is in compliance with state and federal policies which are monitored by the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Students must have the primary disability of Blind or Visual Impairment and be a resident of Illinois to be considered for admission.

  • ISVI offers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes independence and vocational skills, instruction in Braille, daily living skills, orientation and mobility training, assistive technology, adaptive physical education, family and consumer science, and industrial arts.

  • ISVI offers a transitional living program that teaches students how to live independently. Students learn money management, meal planning and preparation, housekeeping, decision making, and accessing community resources.

  • Class size is normally limited to a student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

  • Students may participate in mainstreamed education classes at local public schools.

  • ISVI offers a broad array of social and recreational activities to all students through the residential living programs during evenings and weekends.

  • Extracurricular activities include track, cheerleading, swimming, wrestling, goalball, choir and forensics.

  • Direct and consultative services provided to parents of children (0-3) with vision loss.

  • Employment opportunities are available for students in both on and off-campus settings.

  • Educational services are provided at no cost to parents. Personal belongings, health care, and spending money are the responsibility of parents. Schools are responsible for transportation costs for home-going breaks and one-on-one aides, if necessary.


For more information, contact the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
217-479-4404 V • 217-479-4415 TTY • 1-800-919-5617 or
visit the ISVI website at


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