Safety Awareness and Violence Prevention

Protect yourself! Join us for a two-day safety awareness and violence prevention workshop on the 1Touch™ Method of Self-Defense for blind and visually impaired. Students should be between the ages of 17 and 22 years. This workshop is recommended for current high school seniors, recent high school graduates and college students.


What is the 1Touch™?

The 1Touch™ is the first comprehensive descriptive self-defense program designed specifically for people who are blind. The program is a hands-on self-defense technique for dealing with assaults, aggressive behavior, and bullying.

This course is designed to provide effective techniques for maintaining safety if physical vulnerability occurs and to build confidence in using self-protection strategies. Techniques learned will improve independence, self-confidence, communication and orientation.  Course will include discussion, demonstration and role-play.

Students will gain personal skills in:

  • Workplace Readiness: teamwork, leadership, decision making.
  • Self-Advocacy: advocating for your needs, increasing self-confidence and controlling personal growth.
  • Educational Opportunities: sports and recreational educational opportunities.


  • Prerequisites: Participants must be able to stand for periods of 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Staff: Taught by Certified 1Touch™ coaches Katrena and Tim Traut-Savino.
  • Housing is available and additional afternoon/evening activity for those staying on campus will be provided.

To register, contact Maureen Foley at (617) 969-6200.

Safety Awareness and Violence Prevention Registration Form

Eligible for PRE-ETS funding through your state Vision Rehabilitation counselor.

Event Details

When: Saturday, January 4th, 2020 & Sunday, January 5th, 2020 (Attendance at both sessions is required). 

From: 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Where: The Carroll Center for the Blind, Technology Building 

770 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458