July 7, 2020
College Readiness: Whether Virtual or in-Person
The Colorado Center for the Blind presents “College Readiness: Whether Virtual or in-Person”, a 4-part virtual workshop to be held on the dates of June 30, July 2, 7 & 9 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm MDT.
Going to college is a big step for every young person. For most, it means living on your own for the first time in a dorm, picking a major in a subject you feel passionate about and maybe staying up as late as you want. This fall, it may mean more online courses or only online courses in this era of social distancing. For blind students moving from high school to college, it means no more IEP or 504 meetings, no more technology provided by the school and a number of other things. But it also means exciting opportunities, new friends and new adventures to go along with new responsibilities to know your civil rights as a blind student, how to advocate for them effectively and what to do when you do everything right and still things go wrong.
Items that will be addressed during this 4-part workshop include but are not limited to:
- Didn’t the ADA fix everything? Your civil rights to access and how advocacy, grit and resilience are essential tools for success. And don’t forget help from the National Federation of the Blind, if necessary.
- Should the Disability Access Office do it, or can you? How to find your own accessible textbooks and other independent strategies.
- Traveling independently to class, the dining hall, the gym, and the best coffee stands.
- Is it inaccessible, or is it your tech skills? Some tips and strategies for making the most of the e-learning environment.
- Who is paying for this? Vocational Rehabilitation, Financial Aid, scholarships and more.
- So, what kinds of majors can blind people do? Choosing your path based on aptitude and passion, not pathology.