INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, was held on the Morehead State University campus earlier this month.
INSIGHT is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC) and the KSB Charitable Foundation. Fourteen students attended the camp this year. The program is in its 14th year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“College-bound students with visual impairments will face the same demands and adjustments as all other new students, but wayfinding on a physical campus and accessing course materials is often more complex,” said Evangeline Day, MSU disability services coordinator.
“Nothing builds confidence better than prior successful experience and that is what the INSIGHT program offers. Attendees receive a rehearsal of the independence, social interactions, and adhering to a demanding class schedule that are typically first encountered during the freshman year. Importantly, they also receive valuable orientation and mobility training from professionals and hands-on assistive technology use that will prepare them ahead of time.”
The program is offered to students who have completed the 10th, 11th or 12th grade and is designed to give them a real-world college experience, including living in a residence hall, attending academic classes and practicing orientation and mobility skills in a campus environment.
Additional information is available from Day at 606-783-5188, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/disability
Pictured in the front row, left to right, are:
Audrey Griffith of Webbville, 12th grade
Kwame Theus of Elizabethtown, 12th grade
Graeson Gutierrez of Shelbyville, 12th grade
Danielle Hundley of Whitesville, 12th grade
Marina Tatum of Benton, 12th grade
Alex Saldago of Louisville, 12th grade
Back row, left to right:
Gracie Smith of Radcliff, 10th grade
TaMyah Jordan of Frankfort, 10th grade
Muhammad Khan of Louisville, 11th grade
London Henry of Louisville, 10th grade
Hafsa Furruk of Louisville, 11th grade
Eric Echeverria of Louisville, 10th grade