ADD/ADHD, Autism, Blind, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Intellectual/Cognitive Disabilities, Medically Fragile, Physical Disabilities, Speech/Apraxia, Visual Impairments
Birth to 3, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, 18-21, 21 and over
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind provides comprehensive educational and therapeutic services to children, and young adult students (ages 3-21) who are: Preschool Disabled, Blind/Visually Impaired and/or Multiply Disabled.
Therapeutic intervention supporting developmentally based academic programs are individually formulated and implemented to meet a student’s needs. Curriculum offerings include: Academics, Activities of Daily Living, Pre-vocational Skills, Sensory-Motor Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills, and Interpersonal-Social Skills. St. Joseph’s School for the Blind ‘s rich learning environment includes a fully equipped kitchen and model apartment for training in activities of daily living, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, sensory room and outdoor play area for gross motor and recreational activities, Family Resource Center, Music Room, Library and Technology Center as well as large classroom spaces.
In addition to the highly qualified, certified teaching staff comprised of Teachers of Students with Disabilities and Teachers of the Visually Impaired, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind’s staff includes: Speech and Language Therapists, Music Teacher, Art Instructor, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Social Workers, Nurses and consulting Physicians. These professional design, implement, and coordinate the individual programming of the students in their respective fields. The student/staff ratio in the school is generally two students to one staff member.
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind House Residential Program is a five day/four evening per week program offered to student who attend the day school program providing life skills training opportunities in a safe and natural homelike environment. Training is provided in self help, daily living, recreational, and socialization skills as well as tutorial academic support. St. Joseph’s School for the Blind House staff work in close partnership with the School’s education team to assure full integration of services.
The goal of St. Joseph’s School for the Blind is to ensure our students receive the best possible education in the least restrictive environment helping each student to learn to be all they can be.