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

Girls Weekend

March 10 (All day) | Northeast Building Give girls a safe space to learn from each other and female instructors as well as to give them an opportunity to just be girls. Boys keep out!


March 24 (All day) | Northeast Building The universe has puzzled great minds throughout history. Today we know more than ever before. Come join us as we search the stars and uncover new mysteries.

Camp Abilities

April 16 (All day) | Northeast Building Sports help to build confidence and keep you healthy, active, and positive. Come join the team!

Robotics Weekend

May 12 (All day) | Northeast Building Teamwork and innovation are key ingredients to building and programming robots.

Marine Exploration

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

Summer 3-week Program

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

Summer Vocational Program

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

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

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