World Services for the Blind continues to expand its services to include young people who are blind or visually impaired. Current programs include College Prep, ACT Prep and the Essential Workplace Skills Series. Click here to download the Transitional Age Youth Program brochure. Costs for each program can be found in our current fee schedule. 

Each summer, students come to WSB for a first-hand higher-ed experience during our eight-week College Prep Program. 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. Visit the College Prep Program page for complete details.

The ACT is a nationally recognized college admissions test accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Taught by experts in the field of blindness and low vision, World Services for the Blind’s ACT Test Prep course provides live instruction, homework review and customized recommendations based on practice test performance—all aimed at helping students who are blind or visually impaired to score higher. Pre-reading materials are sent so that prep starts the minute you’re signed up, and post-evaluation support continues for two weeks following the on-campus course. Contact our recruiting and admissions department for upcoming program dates. 

The Essential Work Place Skills (EWPS) Series is intended for transitional youth and young adults who are about to enter the workforce or for adults with little to no real work history. It is intended to build an essential foundation of skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace. In addition to the traditional qualifications and technical skills usually considered, employers are also concentrating on new areas such as: communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills. In addition to employability skills, there are also several personal attributes that appear consistent across the board which include: Enthusiasm, commitment, common sense and positive self-esteem.

The EWPS Series addresses the soft skills that employers are seeking in their employees while taking the consumer through the process of finding and securing the job that they desire and are qualified for. Our goal at WSB is to provide our consumers with a customized employment program that will allow each of them to achieve their goals.