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Facts Sheet About the
School for the Visually Impaired
That Every Parent Should Know
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
- 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 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, home economics 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 access
- 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 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 ISVI - VOICE:
800-919-5617 OR 217-479-4400, TTY: 217-479-4415.
Parents, please follow the links below from the
Illinois State Board of Education to learn more about your rights and the rights
of your visually impaired child.
Guidance for Compliance with P.A. 94-0376 (SB 87) -
August 12, 2005
The new Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA
2004) made some significant changes to requirements for the provision of special
education and related services to parentally placed private school children with