A Vision for the Future: ISVI - DHS 4413

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

A Vision for the Future...Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

The mission of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) is to serve as a statewide resource, offering quality services designed to assist students with visual impairments in becoming productive, self-sufficient citizens.

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI), established in 1849, is a residential/day school fully accredited by the North Central Association.

ISVI is operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

The school is located on an inviting 18-acre campus in Jacksonville, approximately 35 miles west of Springfield.

  • ISVI provides educational programming for children from birth to 21 years of age.
  • ISVI's strong academic programming emphasizes independence and vocational skills, instruction in Braille, daily living skills, orientation and mobility training, and assistive technology.
  • ISVI students enjoy a variety of extracurricular and dormitory activities, including track, cheerleading, swimming, wrestling, goalball, forensics, yearbook, student council, and choir.
  • ISVI students, ages 14 to 21, learn to live independently in the community through the Transitional Living Program.
  • The available curriculum units provide for easy credit transfer from and into public schools. Students can be referred for enrollment by their parents or their local education agency.
  • Educational services are provided at no cost to parents. Personal belongings, health care, and spending money are the responsibility of the parents. The home schools are responsible for transportation cost for homegoing breaks and personal assistants.

Do you want to know more about ISVI?

Please contact:

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
Attention: Admissions
658 East State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Voice: 217-479-4400
Toll Free: 1-800-919-5617
TTY: 217-479-4415
Fax: 217-479-4507


Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs

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