Summer Youth Programs

For generations, students who are visually impaired have chosen to spend their summers at the Carroll Center because of the unique experience it provides. As part of our services for the blind and visually impaired, the Carroll Center offers a variety of summer youth programs for students ages 8 to 21 that empower students to develop socially, academically, and independently during the summer months. Bring your energy, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to engage and learn, and you will be sure to master skills and create memories that last a lifetime.

Whether they need to learn technology, develop travel skills, have their first summer job or get ready for college, students who come to the Carroll Center all leave with a greater sense of confidence and independence. Maintaining a highly attentive and supportive culture where students exchange perspectives on their vision loss, the Carroll Center employs sighted and blind educational and rehabilitation professionals to teach, guide, and empower students to reach beyond the boundaries set by themselves and others. We encourage you to contact us for more information and plan a visit to the center. See below for our education for the blind program options:


2015 Programs


CarrollKids (July 20 – 31, 2015)

CarrollKids offers elementary school-age students a summer experience of instruction and social activities to further develop their independence skills in and out of the classroom. Small group class time will increase independent learning skills, strengthen abilities in technology, braille, orientation & mobility, and communication skills. All areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum are covered. Recreational and social activities provide important peer connections, increased self-awareness and confidence. Day and overnight options are offered.


CarrollTeens (July 7-17, 2015)

CarrollTeens provides students, entering grades 6 through 9, with instruction and social experiences to meet the many challenges of transitioning into middle and high school. Structured class time will increase access technology skills, orientation & mobility, and presentation skills. A variety of recreational activities enable students to build confidence, develop long-lasting friendships, and increase confidence. Students are challenged to build on their strengths and work to their full potential. Students will have options to commute or stay overnight.

Both CarrollKids and CarrollTeens are held on a college campus in Newton and are staffed by qualified and experienced education professionals who make learning meaningful, challenging and fun. Prerequisites may apply.


Youth in Transition (July 6 – August 7, 2015)

This annual summer program for students ages 15 to 21 years, who are blind and visually impaired, promotes independence as they transition from children to young adults. This five-week residential program enables students to strengthen organizational, personal and home management skills and community travel abilities through training, socialization and recreational opportunities. Instruction is provided in daily living skills, health management, career exploration, money management and budgeting, technology including iOS devices, and travel options to name a few. Weekly field trips enable students to experience the best of Boston’s historic sites, beaches, museums and amusement parks. A variety of clubs, evening and weekend activities that include fencing, sailing, games, and arts allow for socialization, leadership and increased confidence.


Real World of Work Experience (June 29- August 7, 2015)

Do you want to work this summer and make money while having fun with friends? Let us find your first summer job and help you make it a rewarding experience. During week one, you will receive mobility training, job readiness classes, and visit your job site. For the remaining five weeks, you will work part-time, visit other employment sites, and join your peers on field trips. Students must have a photo ID, be age 16 or older, and have updated immunizations. They must have travel skills and be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Previous Youth in Transition Students are given priority in this program.


Summer Work Assessment for Transition (July 20-31, 2015)

A two-week program for young adults, ages 17-22, that will assess their current independent skills and vocational potential. This assessment will provide a comprehensive review of each student’s functional abilities in orientation & mobility, communication & technology, personal care & grooming, and meal preparation. In addition, students will be evaluated on their stamina, interpersonal skills, work behaviors, and knowledge of the employment process. During the assessment, students will take part in evening recreational activities.

A detailed report will be provided with findings and recommendations. This program can be a substitute for the required assessment needed for entry into our Vocational Transition Program Fall 2015


Computing for College (July 6 – 17, 2015)

If you are planning to attend college then you need strong computer skills. This two-week course will provide students with advanced training in file management, office applications, scanning with various formats, and accessing e-books. Students will also further develop their web browsing and social networking abilities. Visits to local college disability services offices will provide information on obtaining accessible materials and support while at college. Demonstrations of web-based college management software will be provided. Book readers and IOS device utilization such as iPhones and iPads will be included. Using a wide variety of technology for the blind, students will be instructed in: MSWord, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint & Kurzweil. Course is ideal for students who use JAWS or Zoomtext.


Technology and Media (June 29-July 3, 2015)

For high school students interested in radio, television, or who are avid social media junkies, this course is for you! Learn to record and edit audio and video content and post it to your social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Brian Charlson and Katie Crocker will lead this unique course to make the world of media come to life on the internet.


Summer Computer Courses

One or two-week computer courses will be available during the summer for students who need individualized instruction or are beginning computer users. Macintosh computer instruction is also available.


Information Days

If you have never been to the Center, you are welcome to attend one of our monthly Information Days. Visit our Information Days page for upcoming dates. We encourage all applicants to apply to our programs early in the calendar year as all our programs tend to fill up quickly.



To inquire about summer programs or to schedule a visit, please contact Laurie Gaines, Director of Admission, at (617) 969-6200 or (800) 852-3131, x216 or via email email.



Here is what a few of our parents have to say:

“The changes we have seen our daughter since she has been attending the CarrollKids program are amazing. I had hoped that her confidence would increase but this is beyond my dreams. She is a different child than she was the first day. She has become the daughter I used to know.”

“The summer programs my daughter attended last summer had an enormous effect on her development, emotionally, socially and academically. She was a changed teen after her experience with the Carroll Centre and I am forever grateful to your organization for her growth and the insights she came away with as a result of attending.”