Outreach Short Courses

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Courtney Wescott, Supervisor
courtney.wescott@perkins.org
P: 617-972-7442

Outreach offers year-round extracurricular opportunities designed to address the unique instructional needs of public school students, ages 7-22, who are blind or visually impaired, across the U.S. Our variety of programs aim to provide students with the opportunity to focus on Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) areas, such as independent living, self-determination, career education, and social interaction skills. 

From resume writing seminars to practical cooking skills, our programs span far beyond traditional academic curriculum.

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

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.

To begin the application process you will first complete an inquiry for the program(s) of interest. Once your inquiry has been received, a member of our Outreach team will reach out to you with application materials. Please Note: You must notify your funding source prior to submitting a formal inquiry. We will reach out to you two weeks prior to the start of an Outreach program to notify you of your child’s acceptance.

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Upcoming Drop-In Sessions

Social-Skills Sundays - Sundays, 1-2 P.M. (for students, ages 7-22)

Family Zoom - Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 P.M. (for parents/guardians)


Upcoming Short Courses

Spring Ahead

April 18 (All day) | Come join us as we get back on campus for in-person Outreach programming.

Summer 5-Week World of Work

June 27 (All day) | Northeast Building Explore your interests, and learn the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. (Ages 16-22)

Summer 3-Week Skills Academy

July 25 (All day) | Northeast Building Work on practical life skills that will prepare you for a future of independence and opportunities. (Ages 13-22)