Short Courses

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Short Courses
Pat Ryan, Supervisor
patrick.ryan@perkins.org
P: 617-972-7812
F: 617-972-7231

Courtney Wescott, Coordinator
courtney.wescott@perkins.org
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

Self-Defense Training

January 18 5:00PM | Northeast Building The Self-Defense program will equip visually impaired students with the mental and physical skills needed to defend themselves.

Winter Ski Camp

February 10 (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.

Perkins Pre-Employment Program

February 17 5:00PM | Grousbeck Center An experiential course that gives visually impaired young adults the necessary skills and confidence to pursue success in their career.

Girls Weekend

March 15 5:00PM | 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. (Ages 12-22).

Robotics Weekend

March 29 5:00PM | Northeast Building Teamwork and innovation are key ingredients to building and programming robots. (Ages 6-12)

Camp Abilities

April 14 5:00PM | Northeast Building Sports help to build confidence and keep you healthy, active, and positive. Come join the team! (Ages 12-22)

Music and Production

May 17 5:00PM | Northeast Building Partnered with Berklee School of Music, students will learn the ins-and-outs of studio recording, as well as the music industry. (Ages 13-22)

Marine Exploration

May 31 5:00PM | Northeast Building Take a trip to Woods Hole and learn about Marine Sciences. (Ages 13-22)

Summer 3-Week Skills Academy Program

June 23 (All day) | Northeast Building Work on practical life skills that will prepare you for a future of independence and opportunities. (Ages 12-22)

Summer 5-Week World of Work

June 30 (All day) | Northeast Building Explore your interests, and learn the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. (Ages 16-22)

Explore Boston (Elementary Program)

July 28 (All day) | Boston, MA Northeast Building Students can experience and learn about Boston's rich history. (Ages 6-12)