College Readiness Resources

Want to make a plan? Start here.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: for students who are blind or visually impaired, it’s never too early to start building the skills for college and career.

These resources can help you assess where you are now – and provide tools for growth and improvement.

Still have questions or want more information? Get in touch!

Tip Sheets

College Readiness Checklist

This tool, developed by the experts at College Success @ Perkins, will help you understand what being “college ready” really means – and guide you through taking stock of current skills to identify strengths and areas for improvement so that when the time comes… you’ll be ready.

Quick Study Tips for Your High School Student who is Visually Impaired

This guide has tips to kickstart college readiness skills for the whole student – from academics to independence, self-advocacy, confidence and more.


College readiness skills: what you need to know

In these short videos, Program Director Leslie Thatcher and Associate Program Director Kate Katulak talk through some of the critical elements of college readiness – what they are, why they matter and how you can get started.

Want to learn more about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session.

Compass is a nine-month virtual enrichment program for blind and visually impaired high school students in grades 9 through 11. It's designed to help each student develop a plan to build up the critical academic and blindness skills necessary to reach their own post-secondary goals – from academics to independence, self-advocacy, confidence and more.

Is Compass right for your student? Join us Thursday, April 1st at 4 p.m. Eastern for an informative info session. We'll be ready to speak with families, educators and referring professionals about college readiness, the importance of early planning for blind and visually impaired students – and how Compass can help. If you can't make it live, view this video from a recent session:

Still have questions? Contact us!

For Vision Professionals

These presentations were recorded as a part of the AER Summer Learning Series. AER hosted fourteen webinars for members over the summer of 2020 and provided continuing education credit for all who attended live.

AER partnered with Perkins School for the Blind to produce this series. If you are currently an AER member and interested in receiving credit for this session, please email If you are not an AER member, please visit to join online.