[blindkid] Preparing for college

adrijana prokopenko adrijana.prokopenko at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 16:44:53 UTC 2017

College Bound Students Can Close the Gap with a Gap Year at Perkins
Perkins School for the Blind recently announced College Success @
Perkins, a selective, nine-month, residential college-readiness
program for high school graduates with visual impairments, including
those with some college experience who need to polish their skills
before returning.
A college degree or certificate can enhance career opportunities,
financial independence, and lifestyle--being prepared for the
challenge is essential. Current research indicates that 6 out of 10
blind or visually impaired college students never complete their
studies. Aimed at improving students' odds to succeed in a college
environment, the specially designed Perkins curriculum allows
individuals to gain college credits while honing the varied skills
needed to grapple with all aspects of campus life.
Up to 15 participants will live in newly renovated space on Perkins'
Watertown, Massachusetts campus while they earn credits at Boston area
universities. In addition to academics, participants will refine
essential independent living skills, socialize, learn to navigate dorm
living, and internalize the realities of life at college.
With activities designed to develop and maximize executive functioning
and self-discipline, students will learn how to manage coursework,
organize their schedules, and sharpen their focus. From hands-on use
of assistive and mainstream technologies to activities that bolster
self-advocacy skills, College Success @ Perkins is designed to put
students in charge of their futures and help each individual create
their optimal college experience.
Applications are currently open for the 2018-19 academic year.

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