Operating Hours: The Louisiana Center for the Blind is a 24-hour residential training facility. Scheduled classes are delivered from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Required and optional activities are routinely scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.
Major holiday breaks, including Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, are observed. In addition, a summer break is scheduled for one week in July. Student apartments are closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and summer break. Please consult with the Louisiana Center for the Blind for specific holiday dates.
Schedule of Activities
A typical daily schedule of classes runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes: one hour of Braille instruction, one hour of computer literacy/keyboarding, two hours of home management/independent living skills instruction, two hours of industrial arts, and two hours of cane travel instruction. Students are assigned to independent study classes according to their individual needs and levels of progress. These classes include GED exam and standardized test preparation, job development, and college preparation/placement. Lunch is scheduled between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Twice each week, two hours are set aside for seminar discussions. On field trip days, ordinary classes are replaced by activities designed to provide students with community experiences, exposure to organizations and agencies for the blind, and confidence-building activities in which they may use their skills such as camping, white-water rafting, rock climbing, shopping trips to malls, trips to Mardi Gras, community activities, etc. All classes and activities are supervised. A relaxed and informal atmosphere designed to facilitate the building of students’ self-esteem and positive attitudes is maintained by the staff. Every opportunity for both formal and informal interaction and communication with students is pursued by the staff.
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