The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ new College Quest program for students with vision loss conducted its initial session on the campus of Auburn University June 16-29.
Twelve high school students from around Alabama worked with resident assistants to complete several intensive, hands-on workshops designed to develop and improve independent living skills.
The two-week camp offered a full day of instruction for each session.
Participants learned about time management, financial management with adaptive devices, self-awareness and self-advocacy, vocational rehabilitation, dining etiquette, cleaning techniques, labeling and marking, bullying, note taking, problem solving, food preparation, travel for low-vision, and shopping. Topics for week two included Adulting 101, use of Amazon Alexa, hiring readers and drivers, diet and nutrition, and a day focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.
College Quest is a collaboration between ADRS, the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Alabama Industrial Development Training, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and Auburn University. The program is offered free of charge.
ADRS, AIDB, and AIDT provided instructors, and AU awarded two hours of college credit to students who passed the course. A scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing a STEM-related degree.