Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Opportunity for blind and VI teens in California

I am currently working on a freelance research project and am stumbling across all kinds of interesting stuff along the way. Today I found this. I don't know if any readers can benefit, but thought I'd post just in case.

California School for the Blind and the Department of Rehabilitation


Session: July 11, 2010 – July 31, 2010
The Summer Transition Education program (STEP) in Fremont is a cooperative venture between the State Department of Rehabilitation and the California School for the Blind. Participants in this program are public high school students or graduates from public school, ages 16 – 21. Students must be clients of the Department of Rehabilitation.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students who reside in the CSB Apartment Complex. Classes/activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. Monday – Friday. Weekend skill building activities begin at 9 a.m. and end after 10 p.m., depending on the stamina of students and staff.

The program focus is on Career Awareness/Exploration, Computer Technology, Daily Living Skills and Orientation & Mobility. Also scheduled are experiential trips to the Orientation Center for the Blind in Albany, Hatlen Center for the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, a Job Shadowing Experience, Weekend experiences which allow students time to enjoy the Bay Area’s recreation/leisure options (i.e. touring a city, attending an event) while putting into practice skills learned in the daily classes. Using public transportation, use of money, team work, etiquette and socialization are just a few of the skills practiced during the weekend activities. Students must participate in all classes, seminars and activities. We do not offer optional classes, seminars or activities.

Seminars/recreational activities are offered during the evening hours which may include, but are not limited to: Learning about funding sources, SSI, Social Skills, Decision Making, Self-Advocacy, Science, Art, Music, Swimming, Dance Therapy, Self-Defense, Mall Exploration, etc.

All students are encouraged to participate in the final activity of the program, a Talent Show. Students may sing, play an instrument, recite poems and readings, perform a comedy routine or a dramatic story or be a part of the audience. There are scheduled activities for the weekend or students may select an activity. If the activity is more expensive than the offered event, students pay a portion of the cost to affect change. There are no other costs to students or families.
Questions-Ann Linville, Director of Transition510-794-3800 ext. 262
Download STEP 2010 Course Description (1 of 3) Download STEP 2010 Student Application Form Part 1 (2 of 3)Download STEP 2010 Student Application Form Part 2 (3 of 3)

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