Children are also taught a skill set that allows them to be successful academically, socially, and in their everyday lives. This skill set is called the Expanded Core Curriculum and it is very important for the success of a blind child growing up to be a successful, accomplished adult. Below is a description of the Expanded Core Curriculum:
Assistive Technology: Students learn specialized technology such as screen readers, note takers, typing, laptops, scanners, embossers, clarity, etc.
Compensatory: Students learn to read using Braille or other forms of communication.
Career Education/Transition: Students learn how to go about accessing their chosen career path through education, job skill training, etc.
Independent Living Skills: Students learn how to live independently from getting dressed to fixing meals.
Orientation and Mobility: Students work with an O&M instructor learning how to navigate their home, school, and community independently. This includes learning how to access public transportation.
Recreation and Leisure: Students learn how to be a part of after school sports, PE classes, and other activities of interest.
Self-determination: Students learn how to advocate for themselves and become assertive in their home, school, and community.
Social Interaction Skills: Students learn how to interact socially with others including using body language, facial expressions, hand gestures, group and individual interactions.
Visual Efficiency Skills: Students learn how to use what vision they may have to their advantage, in addition to learning blindness skills.
Finally, there is a lot of research going on right now that could one day provide a cure through gene therapy. Corey Haas, with the RPE65 gene has already experienced an increase in his vision in one eye. He will be undergoing another surgery in his other eye April 2011. For a child who is blind it is really just learning how to do things a little differently to get the same result a sighted child would have. Success is still the same.