Students enrolled at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) have access to comprehensive Allied Health and Related Services provided by specialized, certified and licensed personnel who are skilled in working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired.
Health Care Center
The Health Care Center provides on site supplemental acute and chronic health care to students on a 24 hours/five days a week basis, in collaboration with parents, family primary care providers, and medical specialists.
Highly qualified professionals provide quality health care coordination, including medication treatment and administration. These include a medical director, a physician assistant, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical unit specialists. A pharmacist oversees dispensing and packaging of routine medication. Students receive additional specialty care through contractual arrangement with the University of Florida, e.g., dental, ophthalmological (including low vision and retinal sub-specialties), genetics, and pediatric developmental/behavioral services.
Students are taught and encouraged to achieve understanding of and appropriate treatment plans for their specific medical conditions, and development of independence with regard to management of their overall health care needs.
Zika Health and Safety
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
- Ideas for Talking to Your Children about Zika – English
- Ideas for Talking to Your Children about Zika – Spanish
Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) Resources
Mental Health Services
Clinical and school psychologists within each academic department provide psycho-educational diagnostic and assessment services, individual therapy and after-school group counseling for educationally relevant services, bullying prevention education (Positive Behavior Support program). In addition, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, school counselors, and behavior specialists collaborate with psychologists to provide comprehensive services.
Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
Students must meet state eligibility requirements for Certified Educational Relevant Therapy to receive specialized occupational and physical therapy services, including aquatic therapy and pottery classes. Therapy sessions take place in various locations on campus and in specially equipped therapy gyms in the Allied Health Services building.
FSDB offers assistance to school districts across the state of Florida by evaluatiing students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. School districts can refer students to FSDB for assessment services on the FSDB campus. Evaluation results are shared with the school district IEP team to identify each student’s programming needs, classroom accommodations or modifications, and service delivery strategies. Learn more about Outreach Evaluation Services.
Speech & Audiology Services
Learn more about Speech and Audiology Services.
Students from colleges and universities throughout Florida are accepted for internship placement at FSDB for practical training and supervision within their specialized areas.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Stan Gustetic
Administrator, Allied Health & Related Services