College Success @ Perkins

A college readiness program for motivated young adults

College can be a challenging place if you’re blind or visually impaired. The opportunities are there, but you have to be prepared to find them. College Success @ Perkins can help get you ready.

College Success is a nine-month program designed to give college-bound high school graduates the critical academic and blindness skills they need to reach their full, college-ready potential. While our residential program is currently on hold, we encourage students, families and educators to explore our virtual offering.

What you need to know

Quote from Steph, 18

It's about becoming the best person you can be, discovering who you are outside the four walls of your childhood. I think that's really important. You can't do anything if you don't, at least a tiny bit, know yourself.


Over the course of nine months, you’ll go on a journey of self discovery. You’ll have the opportunity to develop skills that will empower you to take charge of your future. And you’ll work to create the college experience you’ve always wanted.


Getting the services you need in college will be up to you — while offices of disability services are there to help, you’ll need to self-advocate in a whole new way. With an understanding of your rights and responsibilities, you can learn what you need and how to ask for it.


The demands of college will require you not only to have mastery of your preferred electronic devices, but also to be resourceful in figuring out how to make information accessible to you. Individualized instruction and practice with assistive technology will help set you up for success.


Currently, an estimated 6 out of 10 college students who are blind or visually impaired never graduate. We want to help change this statistic. Being prepared for the jump in academic and independent living skills can pave the way for success in college.

Ask questions

At College Success, you’ll explore important personal questions about your future:

  • What do you want your college experience to look like?
  • Where do you envision yourself in five years?
  • What’s your dream job?

And we’ll ask you how you’re planning to achieve them:

  • How do you learn best?
  • How can you make technology work for you?
  • What do you do if your professor’s lecture isn’t accessible?

With our expert instruction and hands-on learning environment, we’ll get you ready to begin asking, and answering, these and other important questions.

Quote from Anne Greenwood Brown,

I wholeheartedly recommend College Success @ Perkins to other families and students. It provides a smooth glide into college, rather than a crash landing.


Watch/Listen Now
A microphone with a speech bubble "eLearning to Go!" and the perkins school for the bling logo

Perkins eLearning To Go Podcast: An Introduction to College Success

In this audio intro to the program, Director Leslie Thatcher and Associate Director Kate Katulak talk about College Success – including what they've learned, what "college readiness" really means and why "success" should be defined differently for different individuals.
Jordan Scheffer touches the John Harvard statue. (Photo credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer)

Seeing the Light of Independence

The Harvard Gazette gets to know Steph Brown and Jordan Scheffer, two members of the College Success class of 2019.
Students Haley and Sophie make pigs in a blanket for their Super Bowl watch party. (Photo credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When A Super Bowl Party Is More Than A Gathering — It’s A Lesson

College Success students hosted a Super Bowl party - and invited WBUR reporter Carrie Jung to join them
A headshot of Kate Katulak

CRIS Radio interview with Kate Katulak

Assistant Director Kate Katulak talks College Success - and why she's so excited about this program - with Chicago Lighthouse's CRIS Radio