Extracurricular Activities for the Blind
The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind students have gained life-changing benefits from Real World Learning. This school prioritizes this type of learning, taking their students all over the world, from Australia, Ireland, Italy, to Thailand.
Last spring, USDB’s international field trip resulted in a dramatic increase in the confidence of their students who are blind or visually impaired.
Casey Reyes, a Senior, said, “ Going to Australia was one of the best experiences of my entire life. They didn’t baby us. They didn’t hold us back. The teachers gave instructions and directions to get across a foreign city, and then we had to figure it out all on our own. We didn’t follow them. They followed us!”
Associate Superintendent of the Utah School for the Blind, Carolyn Lasater, explained, “So often blind children hear what they can’t do, we give our students the tools and life skills they need, so they realize they can do it. “
The study abroad opportunities pay off. “The reason why we went to Australia was for a learning experience, and I learned so much,” said Casey.
USB is pleased to announce our new athletic program that will provide USB blind and visually impaired students the opportunity to become student-athletes, in competitive or recreational divisions. Our athletic program will initially include blind soccer and goalball, expanding to track and field and wrestling, and more.
USB will compete against other students statewide and/or nationally, which may include other state blind schools. The athletic program is based on the skills outlined in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
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