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Whether your child is getting ready to find a job, go to college, or somewhere in between, there are many programs available.
Government agencies and nonprofits may even be able to help offset the cost of these programs for the vision-impaired. You can reach out to your local Lion's Club for financial assistance.
At the Vision Enhancement Center, we've listed some transition programs and summer camps for kids with vision impairments and their families.
The Perkins School for the Blind offers tips for choosing the best programs for your child with visual impairments.
Summer Academy for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is a three-week program for college-bound high school students.
Run by the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, the academy focuses on:
Students of the program:
Students can learn about careers in the STEM fields through hands-on activities. STEM Week is at Penn State University directly following Summer Academy.
Junior Summer Academy is a five-day program held at Kutztown University for students in grades 6 through 8. The program focuses on:
Junior Summer Academy is run by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Bureau of Blindness and Vision Services (BBVS).
The Vision Enhancement Center (VEC) will partner with Camp Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, to provide school-aged children ages 8 through 18 who are blind and visually impaired the opportunity to attend summer camp.
Campers will be able to participate in the following activities:
By sending your child to any of the programs listed here, they will have the opportunity to meet other children who are just like them.
This summer residential program offers full days of classes and activities in group and one-on-one settings. Students may choose a college oriented or employment directed course of study.
The program takes place at the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Chester, Pa.
Transition programs from Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh include:
To register, contact Bonnie Rizzino at 412-368-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Employment Opportunities Project pairs students with a successful adult mentor with vision impairment and offers:
The Career and Community Adjustment Program is an individualized program with rehabilitation and work components.
It allows students to gain independent living skills and earn a paycheck while:
Registration forms and information can be found on the Beacon Lodge website.
Pennsylvania Lions Beacon Lodge Camp is a summer camp for children and adults with special needs.
The camp sits on over 500 acres in the woodlands of central Pa. and offers programs and activities in:
The VIP Sports Summer Camp at Slippery Rock University is for children with visual impairment, ages 5 to 18.
It gives kids the chance to take part in specially adapted sports and recreation, such as:
BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Academy is a summer program for kids, ages 4 to 12.
The program, from the National Federation of the Blind, teaches Braille through fun, hands-on learning including:
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Camp Abilities PA @ West Chester University is an overnight camp for youth, ages 7-17, who are blind or have low vision.
The purpose of this educational sports camp is to:
The Braillebeats Fine Arts Program in Michigan is a summer residential program for kids, ages 9 through young adulthood.
It focuses on:
Find tips for choosing the best vision impairment programs for your child from the Perkins School for the Blind.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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