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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Programs:  Center-Based Programs  |  Residential Services  |  Student and Family Programs  |  Frequently Asked Questions

Two students are dressed and ready to go to the prom.Below are answers to the most common questions the NCECBVI staff is asked. If the answer to your questions is not provided below, feel free to email Audrey Graves at agraves@esu4.net. You may also call us at 800-826-4355.

 

Common Questions and Answers

  1. Where is the center located?
  2. Does a child have to be totally blind to attend the center?
  3. Are there other criteria for admission to NCECBVI?
  4. Is NCECBVI only a residential program?
  5. Where does the student live while going to NCECBVI?
  6. How does the center handle individual medical needs?
  7. Once enrolled, will the student remain at NCECBVI until graduation or age 21?
  8. Will NCECBVI prepare my child for transition from school to adult life?
  9. What are Y.A.L.U.’s?

 

1. Where is the center located?

The center’s nine acre campus is located in southeast Nebraska. Nebraska City is a progressive city of 7,000 + people, only 45 minutes from Lincoln and Omaha. The small town setting provides contrast to the hectic pace of cities, yet allows easy access to Lincoln and Omaha. Visit our Contact Us page for our address, and map to find directions from your location.

 

2. Does a child have to be totally blind to attend the center?

No. However, a prospective student must be verified in one of three categories: blind, legally blind, or partially sighted.

 

3. Are there other criteria for admission to NCECBVI?

Yes. The student’s needs must be related to the impact of the visual impairment on learning, self-care, mobility, communication, and socialization. A student’s admission concerning enrollment is determined at Individual Educational Program(IEP) conferences.

 

4. Is NCECBVI only a residential program?

No. The school enrolls both day and residential students. We also accept short-term placements.

 

5. Where does the student live while going to NCECBVI?

Students live in campus dorms. The students go home on a weekly basis to be with their families. Families work with NCECBVI and their local school districts to provide transportation.

 

6. How does the center handle individual medical needs?

NCECBVI has a health center staffed by a registered nurse. Student medications, routine exams, and dietary requirements are coordinated through the health center. In an emergency, student are taken to a nearby hospital.

 

7. Once enrolled, will the student remain at NCECBVI until graduation or age 21?

The student’s family, local school, and the staff of NCECBVI decide together when a student is ready to make a successful transition to home and local programs. The school offers both long-term and short-term programs. A student may remain enrolled until graduation or age 21 if it is determined at the annual IEP review that he or she can continue to benefit from the school’s educational program.

Students may be enrolled short term to address specific needed skills, which will then permit them to return to, and be successful in their local school.

 

8. Will NCECBVI prepare my child for transition from school to adult life?

Yes. A transitional living program provides knowledge and skills in communication, home living, money awareness, recreation/leisure, and vocational training that are necessary for adulthood. Participation in the transition program is determined at the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) conference. Transition planning is a collaborative service designed to assist the student, their family, and involve necessary agencies to develop strategies and achieve student goals for adult life.

 

9. What are Y.A.L.U.’s?

NCECBVI offers instruction through the Young Adult Living Unit (Y.A.L.U.) program. The purpose of the Y.A.L.U. program is to give consistent and comprehensive instruction in skills used for success in everyday adult life. It provides individualized instruction for each student developing their potential to the highest level of independence.

There are currently four Young Adult Living Units housed in the NCECBVI dormitory. These units consist of a kitchen, bedroom, living and dining area, and private bathroom. One unit has been specifically designed with wheelchair accommodations. This program is available for qualified students enrolled in the NCECEBVI center based program as well as qualified students in Nebraska who are being served through the NCECBVI outreach department. Students will receive related instruction during their school day as well as in the Y.A.L.U. in the evening hours. Students are less supervised in the Y.A.L.U. program than in the dormitory and receive scheduled and unscheduled supervisory visits by the NCECBVI staff.

 

Y.A.L.U.’s Program Goals

The students will…

  • demonstrate an understanding of personal life and transition issues.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the implications of their visual impairment and strategies for vision enhancement.
  • demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • demonstrate the ability to utilize functional math skills.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to secure and maintain housing.
  • demonstrate appropriate techniques used in clothing care and food preparation.
  • demonstrate knowledge and appropriate health and safety techniques.
  • demonstrate an understanding of employment and/or post-secondary options.
  • demonstrate knowledge and use of technology.
  • demonstrate personal management and self-advocacy skills.
  • utilize a variety of personal and community resources to increase independence and leisure skills.
  • utilize disability-specific resources.

 

If you have other questions, feel free to email Audrey Graves at agraves@esu4.net. You may also call us at 1-800-826-4355.