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(Post-secondary Readiness & Empowerment Program)

An 8-week summer program designed to prepare blind high school students for academic, employment, and social success

June 9th through August 1st, 2014

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PREP student riding an alpine slide

Prepare for a summer of blindness-related skill building, exciting travel, and loads of other fun activities!

The PREP curriculum is designed to empower blind youth with the alternative techniques of blindness they will need to be successful in the career fields they choose, and to give them the confidence and belief in themselves they need to find and keep a job. This program is based on a positive view of blindness, that if blind people are given proper training and opportunity, they can be successful in education, find meaningful employment, and live full and productive lives.

Classes for learning the alternative techniques of blindness

The PREP Instructors work with students to assess their current skill level in a particular area and build their skills to a level that will enable them to meet their goals. The core classes include Braille reading and writing, independent cane travel, Industrial Arts, adaptive technology, and home/dormitory management, that includes cooking, cleaning, washing and labeling clothes, personal care, and daily living skills.

PrEP student at a water park The PREP classes are also enhanced with curriculum particular to post-secondary success such as note taking, using readers, ordering books in alternative formats, the role of offices for students with disabilities, time-management, social interaction with fellow students, extensive career exploration, and dealing with the misconceptions professors and employers may have about blindness. PREP students also participate in seminars where they discuss issues related to blindness. This helps them to develop a positive attitude toward blindness and strategies for dealing with issues and situations they will encounter.

PrEP student at a amusement park Preparation for Independent Living

PREP students live in apartments with fellow students and adult counselors. They shop for groceries, prepare meals, and clean their apartments as part of their home and personal Management training. They begin to learn how to live independently while still in a supportive environment. They develop problem-solving skills and come to realize that they will be able to take care of themselves and take responsibility for their own futures.

Out of State Travel Experience and other fun-filled activities

PREP students will enjoy the exciting opportunity of accompanying BLIND, Incorporated staff and adult students when we travel to the weeklong national convention of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest annual gathering of blind teenagers and adults in the world.

During this convention, our PREP students will join hundreds of other high school and college students from around the country when attending the National Association of Blind Students seminar.

This convention is packed full of fun and learning opportunities, and takes place in Orlando, Florida.

During this summer program, PREP students will participate in activities such as rock climbing, shopping at Mall of America, going to amusement parks, canoeing, visiting college campuses, and a variety of other activities. Participating in these activities helps to build their self-confidence, social skills, and problem-solving skills.

PrEP students and staff canoeing

Note: Summer training opportunities for college students that were formerly part of the Life 101 Program are available as part of our comprehensive program. Contact us for more information.

Deadlines and Application Information

The deadline for applying to PREP is April 15, and space is limited. We will continue to accept applications after this deadline, but will only be able to approve them if a vacancy occurs. So donít hesitate, donít wait, and donít procrastinate, fill out the application form and return it to us soon. Itís going to be another great summer!

For more information, or to have an application mailed or e-mailed to you, contact:

Charlene Guggisberg
612-872-0100 Ext. 251
Or Toll Free: 800-597-9558

Follow this link to view and fill out an HTML version of the PREP application

If you are interested in working as a PREP counselor, click here to view a job description


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