College Success @ Perkins

An initiative to address the gaps in college readiness for students with blindness and visual impairments

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, a College Success @ Perkins program

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.

College Readiness Resources for Families & 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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Watch/Listen Now
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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
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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