Superintendent's Message

Gina Ouellette, Superintendent

On behalf of all staff at the California School for the Blind (CSB), I would like to welcome you to our website!

At the California School for the Blind, we believe that all blind and visually impaired students should be provided every opportunity to reach their full potential and become as independent as possible. This is achieved not only through intensive instruction in the Common Core Curriculum as well as the Expanded Core Curriculum, but also by letting students make mistakes, guiding them to step outside of their comfort zones, and supporting them so that they can feel safe enough to take risks and try new things. Only by letting students experience the world around them can we teach them to be independent. This philosophy runs deep within our school and influences all of the work we do with and for blind and visually impaired students.

The California School for the Blind is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where students can spread their wings and fly. We set high expectations for our students while providing them with the instruction, support, and encouragement they need to meet those expectations. For many students arriving at CSB for the first time, CSB represents their first-ever opportunity to be surrounded by blind and visually impaired peers and mentors. Many years ago, one of the first students I ever worked with at CSB, Derek, made a comment that has stuck with me over the years. When I began working with him within his first few days at CSB, Derek remarked, "This is the first time in my life that I have ever heard someone else's cane snapping together when it's time to go somewhere, instead of just my own cane. This is the first time I have heard someone else typing on a Braille Writer, instead of just me." He described how amazing it felt to finally be around other blind and visually impaired people, and described the sense of isolation he had felt before. It was then that I knew what an incredibly special place CSB is.

The vision of the California School for the Blind is to touch the lives of every blind and visually impaired student in California and beyond, whether it be through direct service, consultation, assessment, professional development for Teachers of the Visually Impaired, or specialized training for families. With innovative on-campus programming and a thriving Outreach department, we are well on our way to achieving this goal. Whether you are seeking information about how to enroll a student at CSB, how to get an assessment or technical assistance, where to find state and local resources, or how you can better support a student with blindness or a visual impairment, we hope you find it here. Our website has been newly redesigned to provide accessible, up-to-date information and resources for students, families, teachers, and community members. If you can't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to give us a call - We are here for you!

Thank you again for stopping by the California School for the Blind website. We look forward to working with you.


Gina E. Ouellette
California School for the Blind