COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM
World Services for the Blind is offering a College Preparatory Program for blind or visually impaired high school students who are rising juniors and seniors, as well as older students who wish to return to college. The 2016 program lasts from June 20 through August 5 and is designed to evaluate the student’s basic skills and to provide the training needed for a successful college career.
An introduction to college life, the College Prep Program curriculum includes a two-week skills evaluation period, academic skills development, assistive technology and computer literacy, psychological and social adjustment, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility. Students will also participate in recreational and leisure activities.
We also encourage students to enroll in a three-credit English Composition course at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), if they meet the admissions criteria, which includes either a minimum score of 14 on the ACT or a minimum score of 45 on the ACT Compass. The course is offered to WSB College Prep students at the Arkansas in-state tuition rate. WSB will also provide instruction on how to locate the on-campus disability resources available to college students, which will make the transition to college life a little easier.
Components offered to students during the College Prep Program include:
Academic Skills Development--Students are taught note-taking skills, good study habits, how to write effective papers, stress and time management, library utilization, instructor/student relationships, how to access the Internet for informational and educational content, purchasing textbooks, understanding the admissions process and making class selections. A certified counselor provides individual case-management services.
Assistive Technology and Computer Literacy—All students can utilize training available in the state-of-the-art assistive technology center, including JAWS screen reading software, ZoomText magnification software and keyboarding. Using iPhones and iPads to maximize communication and learning is also included. The instruction and technology are adapted for each student’s needs.
Psychological and Social Adjustment—Individual and group counseling services are available as needed for adjustment purposes. Skills for coping with the transition to college, handling difficult instructors, getting involved in social and recreational activities on campus (clubs, sports, etc.), and developing relationships are common topics.
Daily Living Skills—Following an assessment of their current skill level, students receive training in areas such as communication skills, clothing care, home management, food preparation and other “college survival skills.” Because many, if not most college students live on-campus in dorms, special attention will be given to how skills relate to dorm life. All participants of the College Prep Program will live on-campus in the WSB dorms.
Orientation and Mobility—Following an assessment of their current skill level, students receive instruction as needed, with attention given to the skills required to navigate a college campus, including orientation to the environment, accessing transportation routes and use of public transportation. Students will also learn how to ask for special needs equipment and other accommodations, as well as how to utilize campus disability services.
Students will reside on-campus in the WSB dorms for a fully immersed experience. Space is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.