Policies and Procedures
It is strongly recommended that students remain in training for a period of six to nine months. During that time, the procedures below will be followed:
Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students are expected to be punctual and attend all classes, unless they have a medical excuse or prior approval from the director. Consistently poor attendance may jeopardize enrollment. Generally, evenings and weekends will be free; however, on occasion, activities may be scheduled during these times. Sleep shades will ALWAYS be worn during Center classes and required activities. Proper use of sleep shades during designated times is a critical part of training and a requirement for the program.
Required courses include: Braille, cane travel, computer literacy/keyboarding, home management, seminar, and industrial arts. Additional classes offered include: advanced computer training; GED exam and standardized test preparation training; independent living skills (one-on-one assistance in personal grooming, apartment maintenance, laundry and ironing skills, money management, handwriting, and sewing); work experience; vocational planning; college readiness skills, or college classes at Louisiana Tech University (additional funding required); and field trips.
Students will participate in seminar, cane travel, Braille, and computer literacy throughout their entire training; however, they may complete other required courses in a shorter time once proficiency is demonstrated, and enroll in other course options.
Students are required to use the long white cane at all times throughout training (class times, noon hours, evenings, and weekends). Use of folding and telescopic canes is not permitted at any time during training. The initial sleep shades, cane, and Braille supplies will be supplied free of charge; however, in the event that these are damaged or misplaced, the student will be responsible for purchasing replacements.
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipe, hookah-smoked products, and e-cigarettes is not permitted in the Louisiana Center for the Blind training or residential facilities, including apartments and Student Activity Center. Outdoor designated smoking areas are provided.
Apartment instruction is conducted twice a month. Instructors accompany students for an on-site apartment review to address any instructional needs and to familiarize the student with policies pertaining to apartment maintenance. Students are responsible for maintaining a clean and organized apartment. Students are expected to be respectful of their roommates and/or neighbors. Additional instruction may be added if needed. Repair or replacement of damaged property, such as furniture or fixtures, will be the financial responsibility of the student.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, including the student apartment complex and Activity Center.
The use or possession of illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia will result in immediate termination from the program. If the use of an illegal substance is suspected, students must submit themselves for drug testing. In the event an individual tests positive for illegal substances, said individual will be terminated from the program. Students engaging in any unlawful activities under any circumstances are subject to immediate dismissal from the program.
Physical injury or verbal abuse inflicted by one student upon another student or staff member may result in immediate termination from the program. Sexual harassment among students or staff is not tolerated and may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
Any other conduct representing significant risk of imminent harm to the student, to others or to the program may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Violation of program policies may result in probation and/or termination.
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