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

Radio Broadcasting

December 7 5:00PM | Northeast Building PLEASE NOTE: When you register your child for this program, he/she will be placed on a WAITLIST. You will receive further communications once your inquiry has been received.

Self-Defense Training

January 4 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.