Post-Secondary Training for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Foundation for Blind Children’s College Prep Program is a five-week residential program held on the ASU Tempe campus. It’s all about learning what to expect in college; whether you plan to go to community college or a university, there’s a lot to learn! Along with our Teen-to-Work Program, College Prep helps prepare students to live independently and eventually to join the workforce.

Every college student needs to learn “how to college”—how to do the administrative tasks necessary to be successful. From your FAFSA to academic advising to planning and calendaring your workload, you’ll learn how to pull it all together.

As a student who’s blind or visually impaired, you have an extra “layer” of things you’ll need to learn in order to be successful. This layer includes things like assistive technology, orientation and mobility, and daily-living skills. It also includes self-advocacy. In high school, you had a team of people who made sure that your accommodations were in place. In college, you’ll build and lead that team. We at FBC are here to help you learn how to do that.

College Prep isn’t all work! Our program includes lots of great recreational activities to keep you moving and motivated! Past groups have participated in bowling, ropes courses, indoor skydiving, escape rooms, movies, horseback riding, fitness classes, theme parks, ice skating, self-defense classes, and so much more!

Young blind man attending FBC's College Prep Course is pictured cooking himself a scrambled egg breakfast.

College Prep Program goals

Students in the College Prep Program will learn:

  • How to establish relationships with campus Disability Resource Centers.
  • How to obtain course materials in accessible formats.
  • How to complete the FAFSA and apply for scholarships and grants.
  • Independent living skills such as cooking and cleaning.
  • Navigate your college campus of choice, while learning the best transportation options for you.
  • How to be a successful college student!

College Prep Program goals

Students in the College Prep Program will learn:

  • How to establish relationships with campus Disability Resource Centers.
  • How to obtain course materials in accessible formats.
  • How to complete the FAFSA and apply for scholarships and grants.
  • Independent living skills such as cooking and cleaning.
  • Navigate your college campus of choice, while learning the best transportation options for you.
  • How to be a successful college student!

Additional Services

  • Upon acceptance to the College Prep Program, each individual may receive a low vision exam along with recommendations for equipment.
  • Training, including orientation & mobility, daily-living skills, and assistive technology.
  • Each participant will receive an assistive technology assessment and will be provided any assistive technology recommended and approved by their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, to use during the program. Upon successful completion of the program, all equipment will be loaned to you for use at school or work.
Image of three College Prep students standing outside ASU campus, smiling and laughing.

Additional Services

  • Upon acceptance to the College Prep Program, each individual may receive a low vision exam along with recommendations for equipment.
  • Training, including orientation & mobility, daily-living skills, and assistive technology.
  • Each participant will receive an assistive technology assessment and will be provided any assistive technology recommended and approved by their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, to use during the program. Upon successful completion of the program, all equipment will be loaned to you for use at school or work.

Enrollment in Our College Prep Program

College Prep Application Form

The Program is a 5 week residential program. The program dates are Thursday, June 6th, 2024 – Saturday, July 13th, 2024. If you are interested in the College Prep Program:

  • Please complete your application by clicking the link above.
  • After completing the application, you will receive a link to schedule a virtual interview on the application confirmation page.
  • Please contact us if you need help signing up with Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • The deadline to apply for the program is the end of the day, March 8th, 2024.

Client Requirements for Summer Programs:

  • Client must be active with Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Complete the FBC Summer Program Application and Schedule an Interview Time
  • Client must be able to do the following independently:
    • Administer personal medications
    • Maintain personal hygiene (toileting, showering, daily cleanliness, etc.)
    • Dressing oneself
    • Waking up with an alarm clock

Have a moment? Watch our Introduction to College Prep video!

For more information, please contact our

Manager Transition Services | Melanie Audet

Direct: 520-344-3486

Or email us using the form below.

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