Classes

College Experience Seminar

Unit 1: Jumpstarting A Successful Transition to College

This unit focuses on the knowledge and skills students need before they begin college classes. They will learn what to expect when they arrive to campus and how to begin navigating the many changes that are to come.

Unit 2: Classes Begin

Unit 2 introduces students to different course formats and teaching strategies they might encounter in their classes. They will learn how to communicate their needs to professors as well as strategies for thriving.

Unit 3: Campus Life

In this unit, participants learn about dorm living and how to get involved in campus activities.

Health and Wellness Seminar

Unit 1: Mind and Body

This unit emphasizes the importance of staying healthy mentally and physically. Participants will learn strategies for finding outlets to help manage stress and anxiety, as well as ways to maintain physical fitness at college where resources and time are sometimes limited.

Unit 2: Safety and Self Defense

This unit teaches strategies for being aware of one’s surroundings and staying safe. Participants will participate in classes that focus on self-defense techniques.

Unit 3: Nutrition

Lessons in this unit focus on nutrition and maintaining healthy habits in college. Learning centers on enabling participants to make healthy choices during meal planning.

Unit 4 Substance Use: Making Informed Decisions

Unit four is comprised of lessons that focus on substance use and abuse in college and how to navigate the complicated and heavily peer-influenced landscape.

Pre-Employment Seminar

Unit 1: Self-Awareness and Career Exploration

Students have an opportunity to self-explore – to identify their interests, abilities, values, work personality and any vocational liabilities that they face. Participants explore career options and jobs available nationally and in their local communities to determine what fields relate to their skills, interests, and abilities.  Participants learn how to conduct informational interviews and gain perspective on careers they may want to pursue.

Unit 2: Job Seeking Skills

Participants learn how to search for jobs – as young adults seeking a first employment experience and how to tie available jobs to their longer-term career goals. They learn to develop strong written communication skills to use in current and future job seeking either online or in-person.

Unit 3: Skills Application

In this unit, participants practice developing responses to common interview questions and prepare for the inevitable questions concerning their vision impairment. They practice how to problem solve moving from school into work environments: the logistics of getting to and from interviews and jobs; plus, the importance of self-advocacy and working well with others.

Know Your Rights Seminar

Unit 1: Disability Defined

Students learn about their visual impairments and how to discuss their disability with different audiences (professors, peers, employers, etc.).

Unit 2: Being a Consumer

In this unit, participants learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. They gain insight into what accommodations are required of universities and the process of applying for them.