Currently, over 60% of students with visual impairments who attempt college do not graduate. College can be a challenging place if you’re blind or visually impaired.
Since 2017, Perkins has led the conversation exploring barriers to our students’ success in the 21st century. Early planning for the transition to college or the workplace is more important than ever. We are working to improve options and the quality of life for our students - leveraging best practices, and the dramatic changes brought on by the impact of virtual learning and life in the 2020-21 pandemic.
This is just the beginning: we are currently building resources to support families, educators and students. And we’re off to a strong start - our journey is starting with these initiatives.
Innovation in College Readiness
Perkins is working with other leaders across the blindness and education communities to drive systemic change in our educational system for students with vision loss, to address the fundamental gap between skills considered sufficient for high school graduation and the level colleges expect for incoming students.Through workshops, presentations to educators, leaders and families, we are integrating key research and expertise to move this conversation to the forefront of education.
Compass is a nine-month virtual program designed to proactively give college-bound high school students the critical academic and blindness skills they need to reach their full, college-ready potential. The program engages current research on adolescent development and learning to create an innovative, powerful enrichment growth experience for students, families and educators.
Find the latest information, tools and tips for students, families and educators who recognize the challenge (and opportunity!) of making a plan and prioritizing college readiness now.
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