When School’s Out, The Fun Begins!
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 youth ages 14 to 21 that empower students to develop socially, academically, and independently during the summer months. Bring your energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to engage and learn, and you will master skills and create memories that last a lifetime.
Whether a student needs 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.
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 Center and I am forever grateful to your organization for her growth and the insights she came away with as a result of attending.
The two-week CarrollTeens program provides students entering grades 6 through 9 with instruction and social experiences to meet the many challenges of transitioning into middle and high school.
CarrollTeens is held on a college campus in Newton and is staffed by qualified and experienced education professionals who make learning meaningful, challenging and fun. Prerequisites may apply.
Youth in Transition
This six-week residential summer program for students ages 15 to 21 years old promotes independence as they make the transition from teens to young adults. Students will strengthen organizational, personal and home management skills, and community travel abilities through training, socialization and recreational opportunities.
Real World of Work Experience
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.
Computing for College
This three-week program is designed to help college-bound high school students and current college students further develop their technology skills. Computing for College provides students with advanced computer instruction along with crucial visits to local college disability services offices to provide information on obtaining accessible materials and support while at college.
Participants must be able to type at least 20 words per minute on a computer keyboard with a high level of accuracy. Students are expected to take and refer to notes throughout the course. Students should be current users of Windows with either the JAWS screen reader, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, or MAGic Screen Magnification software. Students are encouraged to bring and use the laptop computer that they expect to use in their college studies. In addition to classroom activities, students will participate in field trips and evening recreation programs. Housing is available.
College Boot Camp
A one-week College Boot Camp is ideal for those planning on attending college in the Boston area. Our expert staff works personally with students to make sure that they are acclimated to college life before the start of the semester. Students will receive daily orientation and mobility (O&M) at their college along with technology and daily living skills support, socialization with other college students and exposure to Boston transportation systems.
The EyeWork program is open to capable and enthusiastic undergraduate college students looking for summer opportunities to gain valuable corporate experience while exploring different industries. The Carroll Center for the Blind provides all of the necessary support, including job coaching, technology training in job-specific software and more to ensure a successful summer work experience.
Summer Computer Courses
Specialized computer courses are available during the summer for students who need individualized instruction or are beginning computer users.