Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is to be a leading educational facility and Outreach provider. The School offers a full range of exceptional individualized special education services fostering maximum independence for students with visual impairment, including blindness and other challenges, and provides support and resources to families and the community.

About Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children

Located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is a one-of-a-kind educational facility committed to serving visually impaired students with additional disabilities. The School also provides vital early intervention and outreach services to visually impaired students, with or without additional challenges, throughout western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1887, no other agency in the western half of the Commonwealth is better equipped to care for and educate blind children with severe concomitant disabilities than the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. Our unique facility and programming are tailored for boys and girls who require distinct educational and supportive services to realize their full potential.

As a private institution chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the School educates approximately 180 enrolled students annually from 242 school districts within western Pennsylvania. Students may enroll at age three and they can continue until 21. Our students benefit from the experience and expertise of staff who focus on helping students use their "residual" vision to the best of their ability. The curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of life skills. Certified teachers of the visually impaired and qualified therapists and health professionals collaborate on planning and implementing effective, individualized educational programs. Residential facilities are available for those students who live in outlying districts. Some pre-school age students have the single disability of blindness and their early training will prepare them for eventually completing their education in a public school. All programs and services are available without charge to parents of enrolled students. The School receives an annual appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with additional funding from foundation and corporation grants, individual contributions, and the income from endowment and similar funds. In addition, the School serves hundreds of blind and visually impaired students that attend their local public schools within western Pennsylvania through our Outreach Programs. Collaborating with parents and educators, our Outreach Department provides a full menu of resources and services designed to help all visually impaired youngsters reach new levels of independence. Innovative services such as "A Child's VIEW: Vision in Extraordinary Ways" blended childcare and our adult day program "LAVI: Learning Adventures for the Visually Impaired" fill vital needs in our community.

Contact Information

Mandy Gallagher Phone: 412-621-0100 gallaghera@wpsbc.org