Summer Academy’s for Students that are Blind or Visually Impaired are programs that are through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation/Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) in partnership with Department of Education/Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
JR SUMMER ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
JSA is an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to interact with peers with visual impairments, create lasting friendships, get to know themselves, and explore their capabilities in a fun and educational setting. Focus areas include: assistive technology, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, vocational development, low vision rehabilitation, social work/counseling and guidance, teambuilding and recreation.
The academy features five days filled with exciting and engaging experiences on a college campus designed to promote access and utilization of assistive technology as it relates to your daily life, travel, school and future employment. The students reside at Kutztown University – stay in a dormitory room shared with another student and eat at a campus dining hall.
SUMMER ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Pennsylvania State University College of Education and College of Health and Human Development, in conjunction with Penn State Conferences and Institutes, hosts the Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired at Penn State’s University Park campus every summer.
Summer Academy is a three-week, intensive program focused on enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to post-secondary education. It is available at no cost to eligible students who anticipate attending a two- or four-year college or technical/trade school after graduation.
The academy’s primary focus includes: daily living activities, travel skills, self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, enhancing access technology skills and low-vision rehabilitation. All students attending the academy reside at Penn State University in a dormitory. There the students share rooms with other students, eat meals in a campus dining hall, and immerse themselves in other activities reflective of college life. The program also offers an optional STEM extension week, in partnership with PSU, Science U and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center.
SUMMER ACADEMY FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
Sponsored through The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education’s Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (BSE-PaTTAN).
Successful college students are hired as Resident Assistants to live and attend classes with the program participants and serve as mentors. These Resident Assistants insure the safety of the students and assist with the classroom instruction.
The Academy features a two-week experience building on current student skills and enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to post-secondary education. Available at no cost to eligible students who anticipate attending a two-year or four-year college or technical/trade school after graduation from high school. Focus areas include: self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, communication access options awareness, and enhancing access technology skills. Students reside at Penn State in a dormitory, sharing a room with another student.
On a personal note. My son who is 12 years old entering 7th grade this year attended his first sleep away camp at this year’s Junior Summer Academy. What a success! He has full intentions of taking the next step and attending the Summer Academy at Penn State when he becomes age eligible.
Vice President, PPDB