Tracy’s Little Red School House

Tracy’s Little Red School House

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Completed in May 2012, Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse embodies Industries for the Blind’s philosophy and continual effort to provide greater opportunity and assistance in independent living for the visually impaired.  The independent living program emphasizes skills essential for managing the complexities of, and adapting to, day-to-day living including comprehensive rehabilitation for independent living, educational services, computer and vocational training, and social and recreational activities.

On the exterior the red lap siding, double-hung windows and shingled roof play off the iconic images of the single room school houses of the past.  Above the roof, and operated with a pull rope to the interior, sits the familiar school bell.

The large front porch for outdoor classes and student gathering greets the students as they enter the first of three wayfinding intersections within the building.  Using bright and contrasting colors, different floor textures and varying ceiling heights the visually impaired can easily identify where they are by look, feel and sound.  These intersections happen only at significant places; at reception, classroom entrances and toilets.  The three classrooms are intended to serve distinct and different needs, from artistic and general classes to hands on independent living skills education.