Friday, September 04, 2009

Opportunities for VI kids in the New York, New England area

Many of you in HPSland know Fran. She's the daughter of an HPS'er, and also a VI teacher. She passed along the following information and I know it will be of interest to many of you.



October 16-18, 2009: Looking Good, Feeling Good Weekend in New York State
The New York Institute for Special Education, Bronx, NY: The "Looking Good, Feeling Good Weekend", will be held at the NYISE, in the Bronx, on October 16-18, 2009. During this positive self-image program, students will examine their external and internal well-being. Exploration of healthy nutrition, exercise habits, and dining skills etiquette will be discussed. Daily living skills will also be addressed during this weekend. First choice to students from New York State; open to others as space permits. ECC: Compensatory or functional academic skills, social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, sensory efficiency skills, self-determination. (Grades 3-7)

November 6-8, 2009: New England Aquarium Program
Perkins Campus & the New England Aquarium: A sleepover at the New England Aquarium in Boston will be the highlight of this weekend. Students will discover science and marine biology through educational activities at the Aquarium as well as on the Perkins Campus. ECC: Compensatory or functional academic skills, orientation & mobility, social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, career education, use of assistive technology, sensory efficiency skills, self-determination. (Grades 4-7)

November 20-22, 2009: Harvest Cooking Weekend
Perkins Campus: Students will participate in practical cooking activities that will provide greater independence and spark new motivation. With the Thanksgiving holiday in mind, simple foods will be prepared using common kitchen appliances and cooking utensils. ECC: Compensatory or functional academic skills, social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, use of assistive technology, sensory efficiency skills, self-determination. (Grades 1-3)

December 4-6, 2009: Be Smart, Be Safe Weekend
Perkins Campus: An important step for preparing for the future involves knowing your rights as an individual with vision loss as well as how to advocate for yourself. This weekend will introduce students to options for the future, explore struggles they may encounter, and safety skills that are important for life in “the real world.” ECC: Compensatory or functional academic skills, social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, career education, use of assistive technology, sensory efficiency skills, self-determination. (Grades 8-12)

For more information, contact Kelly Cote, Supervisor of Outreach Short Courses, at 617-972-7867 or via e-mail at
Kelly.Cote@Perkins.org.

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