Short Courses

Three students laugh as they ride a cycle on the Perkins track.



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

Courtney Wescott, Coordinator
P: 617-972-7442

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


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Upcoming Short Courses


September 27 5:00PM | 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. (Grades 4-12)

High Ropes Adventure

October 25 5:00PM | Northeast Building Students will be challenged to reach new heights, all while building teamwork skills and gaining valuable life lessons. (AGES 13-22)


November 8 5:00PM | Northeast Building Learn new skills and get the chance to host your very own podcast! (AGES 13-22)

Holiday Cooking Weekend

November 22 5:00PM | Northeast Building Learn to prepare a nutritious meal and move more confidently in the kitchen. (AGES 13-22)

Harry Potter Weekend

December 6 5:00PM | Northeast Building Students will use their imaginations on a weekend filled with magic and adventure. (AGES 8-14)

Self-Defense Training

January 10 5:00PM | Northeast Building The Self-Defense program will equip visually impaired students with the mental and physical skills needed to defend themselves. (AGES 13-22)

Winter Ski Camp

February 9 (All day) | Sugarloaf Mountain (Meet at Perkins) Students enjoy skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain at the annual New England Blind & VI Ski Festival. No previous ski experience needed. (AGES 13-22)

Perkins Pre-Employment Program

February 16 5:00PM | Grousbeck Center An experiential course that gives visually impaired young adults the necessary skills and confidence to pursue success in their career. (AGES 16-22)