The Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or low-vision is a three-week intensive program that runs from July 8 to Aug. 3 at the Penn State University Park campus. The academy focuses on enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to postsecondary education and is available at no cost to eligible high school students who anticipate attending college or technical/trade school after graduation.
The Academy works with students to help develop skills needed for daily living activities, travel, self-advocacy and networking, career awareness, social interaction, utilizing technology and low-vision rehabilitation. The academy will host an Assistive Technology Expo on Saturday, July 15, in the HUB Alumni Hall, where the public can see and experience the same assistive technology that participants use at the academy.
The Summer Academy is offered through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services; and is in partnership with the Department of Education’s Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network within the Bureau of Special Education; and Penn State’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Development, in conjunction with Penn State Conferences and Institutes.