Short Courses

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Short Courses
Pat Ryan, Supervisor
P: 617-972-7812
F: 617-972-7231

Short Courses offer public school students who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to focus on Expanded Core Curriculum areas that can be difficult to address within a school day, such as personal care, health and wellness, independent living and social skills. From resume writing seminars to practical cooking skills, our programs span far beyond traditional academic curriculum.

Staff will work with family members and teachers to identify the best program fit for each student. At the end of each program, families participate in an informational meeting that outlines ways to carry the skills learned into the home and school environment. The programs change annually and are designed with a specific age group in mind.

The many benefits of our varied programs include:

  • A safe place to explore independence and practice life skills
  • A chance to socialize with peers with visual impairment or blindness
  • An opportunity to develop self-awareness and practice self-advocacy


Upcoming Short Courses

Marine Exploration (Session is Full)

June 2 (All day) | Northeast Building Take a trip to Woods Hole and learn about Marine Sciences. (FULL)

Summer 3-week Skills Academy Program

June 25 3:00PM | Northeast Building Work on practical life skills that will prepare you for a future of independence and opportunities.

Summer 5-week World of Work

July 2 3:00PM | Northeast Building Explore your interests, and learn the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. (Age 16 and up)

Computer Science Academy

July 23 3:00PM | Northeast Building Middle and high school students have the exciting opportunity to learn about Computer Science from a visually impaired professor from the University of North Texas.

Explore Boston (Elementary Program)

August 6 3:00PM | Boston, MA Northeast Building Students can experience and learn about Boston's rich history.

SCIVIS Space Camp

September 22 (All day) | U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Meet at Perkins) Perkins Outreach Programs are bringing students down to Alabama to participate in Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).