Frequently Asked Questions

Once your initial inquiry has been received, you will be sent an application. This will help us determine who will be accepted. PLEASE NOTE: Completing an application does not guarantee your child's placement in a program. You will receive communication from Outreach staff regarding an official acceptance, should your child be accepted into a program. For weekend and school vacation short courses, acceptances are made at least two weeks prior to the program.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to reach out to their respective funding source PRIOR to attending an Outreach program. Funding for Perkins programs is often available through the state commission for the blind; however, they require that you contact them PRIOR to signing your child up for a program. You can also occasionally find funding through your school district, Lion’s Club charities, church groups, or other organizations willing to contribute. In the event that you are unable to secure funding through other means, please feel free to contact us about full and partial scholarship opportunities for Outreach.

One of our main goals is to encourage and support new peer relationships which is often challenging when parents are present. Additionally, we want students to experience independence and have the opportunity to participate in a program just for them. Following many programs, we offer a parent meeting to discuss the events of the program. Staff are available to talk with you about your child’s participation. Additionally, you will receive an electronic report following the program documenting your child’s performance within the activities/classes he/she participated.

Yes, however your child will be very busy during the day. The best time to call is in the evening prior to bedtime. Your child will have access to the program phone to call home if needed. Outreach is not responsible for lost cell phones or expenses incurred.

Outreach supplies all sheets, pillows, and towels for your child’s stay on campus. Students are welcome to bring their own pillows or blankets if it helps them feel more comfortable.

An unwillingness to stay overnight does not necessarily exclude your child from participating. Not all students have been away from home overnight before without a parent or family member. We realize this may be a new experience for them, and for you! We will work with families of students who are reluctant to spend the night and come up with a plan to address the evening piece. We want to make your child’s experience a success and hope that they will continue to participate in the Outreach programs.

For further questions about Outreach Short Courses, please contact:

Patrick Ryan
Supervisor of Short Courses
617-972-7812
Patrick.Ryan@Perkins.org

Courtney Wescott
Coordinator of Short Courses
617-972-7442
Courtney.Wescott@Perkins.org