Tele-Support Presentations

The Tele-Support Presentations program provides information about topics related to parenting a child with vision loss. Topics are selected by parents who participate in the Tele-Support Program and include child development, education, advocacy, among others. Presentations are given by experts in the field of blindness and visual impairment.

Planning for College: Preplanning Discussion

Monday, August 16, 2021 8:30-9:30PM EDT

Planning for college must start early for all students, but especially for students aspiring to attend college who are blind or visually impaired. Skills and a “college ready” mindset needs to be supported and grown over time, through carefully planned IEP goals, academic challenge and thoughtful skill development. Parents need support, as well, as they try to support their children’s independence. Join Leslie Thatcher and Kate Katulak, who run the College Success@Perkins College Readiness program at Perkins School for the Blind, to explore the benefits of developing a timeline for your child as they go through the education system, and as they consider post-secondary options. This presentation is appropriate for parents of younger children, as well as those currently in high school. Resources will also be presented.

About the presenters:
Leslie Thatcher, Director, College Success@Perkins, brings more than 25 years of experience in college and independent school education to College Success@Perkins. She’s contributed to college and high school admission offices, developed programs focused on orienting young adults into new schools on the high school and college level and advised, taught and led students in and out of the classroom. Leslie has a master’s in education with a focus on adolescent development and higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in History from Lewis & Clark College.

Kate Katulak, Associate Director, College Success@Perkins, is a former teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, where she taught technology, executive functioning and math in the Secondary Program. She was also a representative on Perkins’ Expanded Core Curriculum Steering Committee and helped design curricula across content areas. In 2016, Kate was a co-facilitator of Perkins’ Pre-Employment Program, a workshop that equips students with visual impairment with the skills they need to get a job. Kate has a master’s in education with a concentration in blindness and visual impairment from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a BA in Psychology from Wright State University.

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