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.
Carroll Teens offers both day and overnight options for students with a focus on increasing independence and self-confidence, demonstrating self-advocacy and engaging in teamwork. Students will receive direct instruction in orientation and mobility, social skills, activities of daily living, and use of accessible technologies. Students stay in a Victorian-style home on the campus of Lasell University in Newton and share the responsibility of preparing meals, doing laundry, and maintaining a clean and organized household. Students will learn the value of volunteering for career readiness. They will utilize public transportation to access recreation and career exploration activities. Two one-week sessions are being offered in 2023.
Program Dates: July 9-14 and July 16-21, 2023
Applications will be accepted beginning January 2, 2023. Please submit applications by Friday, May 12, 2023. For applications and additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Nancy Sharon at 617-969-6200 ext. 217 or use the contact form.
Youth in Transition
Our popular six-week residential summer program provides teens, ages 15 to 20, an opportunity to develop life skills for success in high school, college and work. Learn to travel in urban areas, do your laundry, cook your favorite foods, improve your technology skills, work independently, be a leader and self-advocate. College bound students will work on their notetaking skills, ability to access books, and advocate for services. Enjoy recreational activities around Boston to build confidence, apply independent skills, and socialize. Field trips might include beaches, museums and amusement parks. Clubs and weekend activities include crafts, games, music, shopping, sports, cooking, and more! Students will demonstrate independent living skills while living in a dormitory and will see an increase in their skills, advocacy, and accountability in the transition from youth to adulthood.
Program Dates: July 10-August 17, 2023
Instruction is provided in daily living skills, health management, career exploration, money management and budgeting, technology training (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
Spend the summer experiencing various vocational, community and entrepreneurial experiences, developing your independence and socializing with peers. If you are age 16 or older, and have had little or no work experience, our summer work experience program will provide you with both paid summer work as well as creative business innovation events. Each week will be a combination of part–time community work, group business endeavors, meeting employees who are blind, learning about budgeting, volunteering and participating in recreational activities. Students must have up-to-date immunizations, a photo ID, and be able to travel and work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Students will be living in a supervised dorm at a local suburban college campus preparing their own meals or eating in the college dining hall and engaging in the Boston area cultural, recreation and food scene!
Program Dates: July 3-August 17, 2023
During the first week of the program, you will receive mobility training, attend job-readiness classes and visit your job site. For the remaining weeks, you will work part-time, visit other employment sites, and join peers on exciting field trips. Students must have a photo ID, be age 16 or older, and have updated immunizations. Students are required to manage their daily living needs and must have some travel skills to be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Previous Youth in Transition Students are given priority in this program.
Computing for College
Whether you are a high school junior or senior planning to go to college or a current college student seeking to advance your skills, this 4-week program will provide advanced computer instruction. Students will be provided with training in Windows 10, file management, Microsoft Office 365 applications, email, web browsing, scanning documents, and accessing e-books. Students will also engage with college disability staff to learn more about obtaining accessible materials and managing accommodation needs. A demonstration of an online learning management system will be provided. The use of digital book players, such as the Victor Reader Stream, and iOS devices, such as the iPhone, will be covered. Students will attend lectures on topics including computer security and data backup; social networking; accessing literature and books and college student life. Enjoy weekly field trips around Boston.
Program Dates: July 10-July 29, 2023
Students will be provided with training in Windows 10, file management, Microsoft Office 365 applications, email, web browsing, scanning documents, and accessing e-books. A demonstration of an online learning management system will be provided. The use of digital book players, such as the Victor Reader Stream, and iOS devices, such as the iPhone, will be covered. Students will attend lectures on topics including computer security and data backup; social networking; and student life.
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
Are you planning on attending college in the Boston area? Need to learn your campus, Boston transportation and local resources. Attend a one-week COLLEGE BOOTCAMP August 21-25, 2023 at the Carroll Center. Students will receive O&M at their college along with daily living skills support, learning local apps, socialization with other college students and exposure to Boston transportation. Further O&M instruction will be provided on your college campus once you move on campus. Students may also just receive direct instruction once they arrive to campus as well as travel routes in and around Boston and technology assistance if needed.
Program Dates: August 21-25, 2023
Further O&M instruction will be provided on your college campus once you move on campus. Students may also receive direct instruction once they arrive on campus as well as travel routes in and around Boston and technology assistance if needed. This program provides Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) instruction in self-advocacy and preparation for post-secondary programs.
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
One or two-week computer courses will be available during the summer for students who need individualized instruction or are new to using assistive technology.
The Carroll Kids program offers elementary school students both day and overnight options for targeted learning in orientation and mobility skills, daily living activities, social skills, technology, and recreational activities. This fun and individualized program supports the development of students’ self-determination and provides the opportunity to build meaningful friendships among true peers.
Program Dates: July 24-28, 2023
Applications will be accepted beginning January 3, 2023. Please submit applications by Friday, May 13, 2023. For applications and additional information, please email email@example.com, call Nancy Sharon at 617-969-6200 ext. 217 or use the contact form.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have never been to the Center, you are welcome to arrange a tour or attend a zoom information session. We encourage all applicants to apply to our programs early in the calendar year. Programs fill up quickly. All eligible students must have up to date immunizations to attend a program. For more information contact Anne Sargent, 617-969-6200, ext 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.