WHAT WE DO
Post-secondary life can be challenging when you’re blind or visually impaired. If you’re college-aspiring, the opportunities are there, but you have to be prepared to find them. Early planning for the transition to college or the workplace is more important than ever. For many students, college is the first time they’re out on their own.
College Success @ Perkins is an initiative to address the gaps in college readiness for all students with visual impairments – as early as possible, in order to increase efficiency, promote self-advocacy and set students up with the strongest possible foundation for success.
The knowledge and support you need, when you need it.
Perkins is leading the way to systemic change in our education system for students with vision loss through College Success, its college readiness initiative.
Our expert team develops and supports education, training and thought leadership, innovative solutions and collaboration to ensure that the best in mainstream education and blindness education create solutions that our students and families need to meet their educational and life goals.
Compass is a completely new take on college readiness planning for college-aspiring high school students with visual impairments.
It’s a nine-month, virtual enrichment program that engages current research to help students, families and educators proactively explore and develop a plan to build the critical skills for reaching individual post-secondary goals.
Find the latest insight from experts, perspective on current research and guidance from students, families and educators who have been there.
We have resources that can help you get proactive about college readiness planning – because, no matter where your student is in their journey, it’s never too early.
Leslie Thatcher Director
“Nationally, we’re grappling with gaps in education, leading to many students with visual impairment who are ‘college eligible’ but not ‘college ready.’ We must work with students earlier and present opportunities for growing, making mistakes and problem solving on their own.”