Functional Academics

For students who benefit from a functional or career-oriented program, WSBVI offers a comprehensive set of courses that may include but not be limited to:

  • Instruction in use of assistive technology specifically designed for students who are blind or visually impaired and assistance in learning how to apply this technology to make them as independent as possible
  • Daily Living Skills classes that teach independence, self-advocacy, socialization, and other important skills needed to function in the everyday world after high school. Emphasis is placed on making simple meals, cleaning, and managing money. These classes are designed to encourage students to function to the best of their abilities in all situations and learn skills to compensate for their lack of vision.
  • Technical and Career Education classes as well as supported and unsupported employment opportunities. Students have the opportunity to have job experience both on the WSBVI campus and out in the community.
  • As part of community involvement, WSBVI students meet regularly with Janesville Public School’s C.H.O.I.C.E. program. Together, the students participate in a variety of activities from spelling bees to picnics, where they learn from one another and grow together. Our students also volunteer at a local food pantry, go on a variety of trips out in the community, and learn important social interaction skills in realistic environments.