Editor’s Note: AFB FamilyConnect is dedicated to supporting parents of youth with visual impairments. We know you have questions regarding your college bound teen’s pathway to a successful university experience. We’re thrilled to hand the floor over to Perkins School for the Blind’s Leah Barrett Demers, who will share information on a free webinar regarding navigating the college admissions process.
Admissions Made Easy
By Leah Barrett Demers, guest blogger from Perkins School for the Blind
The college admissions process can be daunting—from selecting the right school and securing strong recommendations to writing the perfect essay, the stakes are high.
And if a student happens to be visually impaired, there are additional factors to consider.
You may feel like the pressure is on, but with some preparation and the right resources, students who are blind and visually impaired will find themselves navigating the process with confidence.
- The basics: The six essentials of admissions from grades and test scores to on-campus interviews.
- Need-to-know info: Tools for evaluating colleges and their support services, including a checklist of things to keep in mind when visiting schools and talking with disability offices.
- Application excellence: How to leverage teacher recommendations and the college essay.
- Accessibility must-haves: Seven key accommodations that students with visual impairments need to succeed in college.
About the Speaker
Carol Kinlan has a comprehensive background in college placement and years of experience preparing students with disabilities for post-secondary education.
Prior to joining Perkins, she worked for McMillan Education as an educational consultant where she focused on college placement for students with disabilities and learning and emotional disorders. She has spoken widely on the challenges of the college admissions process, especially for students with special needs. She holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and an M.B.A. from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.