Utah School for the Blind

Our Mission

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Students and Teachers in Australia during Study Abroad 2018

Providing exceptional, research-based, and comprehensive education for children and young adults who are blind,  visually impaired, or deaf-blind in early intervention, outreach, campus, and residential programs.

Our Vision

As a national leader in vision programs and services, USB uses the Expanded Core Curriculum to deliver innovative instruction and experiences to prepare children and young adults of varying ability who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind for a rich and fulfilling adult life.

Our Motto


USB 5 Year Strategic Plan: 2020 through 2025

 USB School Improvement Plan – Year One – 2020/2021

Welcome to Utah School for the Blind – Our core and expanded core curriculums incorporate braille, technology, orientation and mobility, and so much more

I am pleased you have taken the time to explore our programs and services at USB. Whether you are already familiar with our programs, services and activities, or just beginning the educational journey with your son or daughter, you will find that USB offers a full range of innovations specifically designed for blind and visually impaired students. Our core and expanded core curriculums incorporate braille, technology, orientation and mobility, and so much more. USB recognizes that each student is a unique learner and offers a personalized approach to learning.

Our service delivery model offers intensive vision instruction for blind or visually impaired infants in a home setting, school age instruction at one of our campus locations, or outreach services provided in a student’s local school environment. At USB, we are often asked, “What makes USB unique and different from other special education classrooms throughout the state?” Enthusiastically, I answer, “A strong infusion of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) throughout the school day!” The nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum offer blind and visually impaired students specialized instruction in critical blind-specific areas – e.g. compensatory skills, vision efficiency skills, technology, independent living skills, social skills, career education, self-advocacy, orientation & mobility, and recreation and leisure.

USB also offers a residential based transition program (located in Ogden) for high school, post high and college transitioning students with a strong focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). Students have opportunities to reach their full potential through diverse experiences, special programs and activities designed to enhance intellectual development, self-esteem, self-advocacy, and independence. Blind mentors live with students to provide modeling, guidance, and life experiences to promote successful transitioning to adult living.

USB offers a wide variety of enrichment programs throughout the year for blind or visually impaired students throughout the state. Programs include ECC short term academies, online academies, weekend short programs, athletics, study abroad opportunities, summer camps, and White Cane Day – just to name a few. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding these many opportunities that will enhance your child’s experience during their developing years.

We are pleased that our USB teachers are dedicated, caring, energetic, and highly qualified educators who are licensed special educators with bachelor or master degrees in Special Education. Additionally, they earn either a vision endorsement, deaf-blind endorsement, or an early childhood endorsement, along with state certification required for our Parent Infant Program educators.

The long-term goal of all USB programs is for students to have a quality educational experience that will prepare them for a rich independent adult life, including college and career readiness. Feel free to browse the website for information or contact us with any questions, comments, or to request more information. We can also arrange for campus visits at a location near you.

We are here to offer support, guidance, and expert advice. We are your advocates as you navigate through the programs and services specific to your child’s education.

Susan Patten
Associate Superintendent of the Blind

Utah School of the Blind
742 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84404
(801) 629-4715

Our Programs



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Our Staff

  • 4 Directors
  • 1 Assistant Director
  • 1 Executive Assistant
  • 4 Executive Secretaries
  • 1 Expanded Core Curriculum Coordinator
  • 1 Expanded Core Executive Secretary
  • 1 Expanded Core Educational Services Aide
  • 1 Expanded Core Curriculum Educator
  • 1 Office Technician
  • 49 Educators
  • 15 Deaf-Blind Educators
  • .5 Family Support Specialist
  • 1 Optometrist
  • 1 Instructional Coach
  • 75 Interveners
  • 7 Educational Services Aides (specialized teacher assistants proficient in braille)
  • 12 Paraprofessionals
  • 1 Job Coach
  • 1 Job Coach-Dorm Coordinator
  • 4 Dorm Staff
  • 2 Resident Blind Mentors


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