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Summer Work Programs

Learning skills related to blindness, low vision, and DeafBlindness

The summer programs listed below offer training in independent living and job readiness skills. They are of varying lengths during the summer. Contact your student’s SSB counselor to connect with these programs.

BLIND Incorporated (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions) offers an 8-week  Post-Secondary, Readiness, Empowerment Program (PREP) designed to prepare students for academic, employment, and social success.  The PREP curriculum is designed to empower blind youth with the alternative techniques of blindness they will need to be successful in the college and the career fields they choose, and to give them the confidence and belief in themselves they need to find and keep a job. Additionally there are three one-week Summer programs focusing on independent living, post-secondary success, and navigating the world of work.

Courage Kenny SHARE Program is a resource that provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to achieve physical and emotional fitness - and just have some fun. SHARE is a service of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, but our list of services includes those offered by other organizations. It's a one-stop shop for activity listings and registration details in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Duluth Center for Vision Loss offers summer camps designed to sharpen skills needed for success, including Workforce Readiness, College Readiness, Self-advocacy, Mobility, Technology, Independent living, and much more. Students will learn core workforce readiness and adjustment to blindness skills.  They will also be given the opportunity to socialize with peers from across the state and to participate in a wide array of recreational activities. The Lighthouse Transition Program is built on the understanding that "now is the time" that youth need to be developing certain core skills that are essential for their future

Gallaudet University Summer Youth Camps - Our Summer Youth Camps are designed for middle and high school students up to the age of 19. Our programs provide stimulating summer learning and experiential opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity and located just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol.

Helen Keller National Center offers programs to students who are DeafBlind which enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. HKNC offers individualized evaluation and training which will assist students in achieving their own definition of success. The emphasis for the student in the program is to participate in learning opportunities which will lead to successful employment and a full, enriched and independent life in the community. The philosophy of the Center is one of self-determination for all.

Intermediate School District 917 Vision Program - The Extended School Year Program will focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students who are blind/visually impaired. ECC is used to define concepts and skills that often require specialized instruction with students who are blind or visually impaired in order to compensate for decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing others. For information, contact Lori Klein at 651-423-8170.

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (MSAB) offers Summer School programming for elementary, Middle school and high school age students. Elementary School   programs focus on elementary level academics as well as individual goals identified in student IEP's. Middle and High school students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living).

National Federation of the Blind offers of variety of local and national opportunities. The NFB BELL Academy is designed to provide intensive Braille instruction to blind and low-vision children during the summer months. EQ is a week-long learning opportunity that gets blind students excited about STEM by offering hands-on learning experiences. Visit www.nfb.org and www.nfbmn.org for more information.

Summer Transition Program (STP) ) provides experiences to address the specific transition needs of students who are Blind, Visually impaired or DeafBlind. STP complements each student's core curriculum at their local school by providing individualized opportunities in the three transition areas identified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). These unique transition activities, as part of the Expanded Core Curriculum, give each student the opportunity to increase independence in their school, home, community and work environments. Dates for 2019 are June 9-25. Email Julie Kochevar for information.

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