RD428 - Annual Executive Summary - The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind – 2020

Executive Summary:

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) is a state agency located in Staunton, Virginia. Per the Code of Virginia (§ 22.1-346), VSDB is established as the only state school for students with sensory impairments in the Commonwealth. VSDB serves students who are visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing, including those students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired, deafblind, and/or sensory impaired with other disabilities.

As established by the Code of Virginia (§ 22.1-346.2), the VSDB Board of Visitors provides oversight of the school and residential programs. The Board is comprised of eleven members including two senators and two delegates. The Board meets quarterly to review and approve the operations of the school and the residential programs. The Superintendent maintains direct management of the agency and is accountable to the Board of Visitors.

VSDB providesinnovative educational programs to support those students with sensory impairments within the Commonwealth. VSDB works closely with the Virginia Department of Education to implement prescriptive programs to meet the needs of its student population and to ensure enhanced student outcomes.