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Leaving with more than just a plan

Tom, Compass student

“I’ve loved the support in Compass – not only the program mentors, but also that we’re weaving the students, parents, educators, and VR counselors together as one network.

With programs like this, it brings all the vision skills together into one cohesive program. I’m walking out with a host of skills – social connections, mentors, and a new sense of what it means to be visually impaired in this time.

It’s been beneficial to get blindness skills, but also to keep connecting with other visually impaired high school students with shared experiences.”

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building confidence, getting focused

Lirianni, Compass student

“I didn’t know what to do to get ready, before college started.

Compass helped me know what I need to do to get ready. It also has made me more confident about how to make my college choices. It’s helping better focus my time with my TVI/O&M instructor, as well, so I can be ready when the time comes.”

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becoming a better version of himself

Marcello, Compass student

“I really liked the individuality that this program offered. The one-on-one sessions really helped a lot. I liked how almost every aspect of life – not just college – was addressed.

The program was about college readiness but I feel like I learned so much more: independence, technology, and I learned to be a better version of myself.”

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Moving toward something amazing

Sean, Compass student

“I am now able to live more independently because of what has been taught to me in this program.

I see the skills I have learned in Compass as a huge accomplishment, and a major stepping stone toward something amazing.”

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Connecting with a network of peers

Janet Ulwick-Sacca, TVI

“As an itinerant TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired), you’re often not connected to other professionals in the field – you’re pretty much on your own a lot of the time.

The college and college readiness processes are so lengthy. And the support that we need is higher – because there are more barriers there for our students. We need to explore disability services at different colleges and understand what will make a student with blindness successful at a particular school.

With Compass, I was able to connect with not only a supportive team to help me along my student’s journey, but a community of peers for my student. For me, it was a no-brainer.”

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Applying practical, real-life experience

Gary, parent of Compass student Mitch

“Compass is paying immediate dividends for our son, and our family! The program is practical and immediately useful, and the program leaders bring real-life experience that is reliable and helpful.”

Want to learn more about college readiness planning? Visit our College Readiness Resource Center. And if you’re ready to take the next step toward college readiness, get in touch.

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Our team is committed to changing the way students with blindness and visual impairment prepare for their post-secondary journeys. If you want to learn more, let’s talk.

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Alumni perspectives

We’ve taken our learnings and turned them into programs that work and help families make informed decisions.