Washington State School for the Blind is proud to offer our short-course program for the 2017-2018 school year in specific areas of need for blind and visually impaired students.
Short courses are offered at no charge for Washington Students (Science camp will require and additional fee).
Short courses will start again this fall, 2017.
Courses will last one week and students will stay on campus with WSSB students.
Courses will include mandatory recreation, emphasis on self-determination and self-advocacy, self-management, as well as a focus on transition after high school.
In addition, short-courses will include a dedicated portion of the day for students to work on their classwork they miss while attending the program.
Who is eligible:
Middle and high school students who are at or near grade level. Students will receive instruction from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Students can participate in 2 courses per school year.
For more information, please contact Jeff Bowler at 360-947-3367, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSSB SHORT COURSE OFFERINGS, 2017-2018
1st Quarter Courses: Registration due by August 31st)(Except where noted)
October 2-5:The big world beyond the classroom [NW Environmental Science Camp -Camp Magruder] (ECC/sensory efficiency/focus on the outdoor world around us).
October 9‐13: (Registration Due September 22)Cane camp: A journey into the wonderful world of the cane [Leading to National White Cane Awareness Day on October 13th] (ECC/orientation & mobility/focus on cane perceptions, cane care, cane cool, cane techniques, effective day and night travel).
2nd Quarter Courses: Registration due by November 1st.
November 13‐17:What's cookin'?: The journey from the shelf to the plate (ECC/independent living skills/focus on accessible meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation).
December 4‐8:Yes, you can! Self-determination -what it means for you (ECC/self-determination/focus on self-knowledge; self-advocacy and empowerment; assertiveness; informed decision-making; problem solving; time management; organization; and goal setting)
January 8‐12:Some insight regarding low sight: A look into low vision accessibility (ECC/compensatory access/focus on low vision techniques and devices)
January 22‐26:Like peas in a pod: Navigating life with others (ECC/social interaction/focus on self-esteem, developing positive relationships, active involvement, etiquette, social media safety, and job-related social skills)
3rd Quarter Courses: Registration due by January 31st.
February 12‐16:That other stuff you never learn about: Independent living (ECC/independent living skills/focus on home management -hand tools; battery replacement; who to call for what and when; plumbing, heating, and electrical need-to-knows)
March 12‐16:The power of purpose: Career education for getting a J-O-B [March Career Fair week March 12th -13th] (ECC/career education/Career fair participation is a mandatory component of this course with a focus on career education model segments of career awareness, exploration, preparation, and placement)
March 26-30:The Gift of Google: Changing Classroom Technologies. (ECC/assistive technology/focus on Google in the classroom)
4th Quarter Courses: Registration due by March 22nd.
April 9‐13:U cant reed wut I rite?: The need for literacy development (ECC/compensatory access/focus on skills for the workplace such as keyboarding, word processing, spelling, handwriting, and listening)
April 30-May 4:Like a school of fish: Swimming in technology (ECC/assistive technology/focus on JAWS –the friendly one)
May 21‐25:Building the future with STEM: Problem-solving using Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math for tomorrow’s needs (ECC/career education/focus on project-based problem-solving using problem analysis, synthesis of knowledge, brainstorming, modeling, and formal solution summary)
June 4‐8:Taking care of business: Survival skills to live independently (ECC/independent living skills/focus on responsible money management, credit ratings, and accessibility options)