Summer Youth Program – CCAP

What is CCAP?

The Career and Community Adjustment Program is the
first step to success. Our transformative program offers
students ages 14-21, who are blind or vision impaired,
access to real world experiences while developing
life-skills that help them achieve independence. 


CCAP is designed to help students enhance independent living skills, strengthen technology abilities, and experience work-related opportunities. At the conclusion of training, students will have developed a greater level of confidence and self-sufficiency. Our program is individualized to meet each student’s needs and we offer an environment that helps them thrive through intensive instruction, compassion, and dedication. Our instructors are committed and passionate and those who are blind serve as great role
models for our students.

Our facility located in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood allows us to provide the best level of instruction in the region through adaptive classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment. Students stay overnight in our “hotel-like” suites that feature their own bed, bathroom, and television. Evenings and weekends are filled with plenty of camaraderie and support with fellow classmates.

CCAP is Transformative

Adjustment to Blindness Training (July 8 – July 26)

Our first session helps students develop and strengthen the essential skills necessary for them to achieve a greater level of independence in our Adjustment to Blindness Training Program. Areas of instruction include: orientation and mobility, safe cooking techniques, grooming, and
maintaining a home or apartment. Students also benefit from classes in exercise, nutrition, health care, and leisure activities.

Evenings are spent with peers enjoying a variety of activities, such as Camp-Kon-O-Kwee, Kennywood Park, a Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball game, movies in the park, and much more.

Technology and Employment Instruction (July 29 – August 16)

Our second session incorporates two vital programs: Assistive Technology Training and Employment Support Services. Students will spend half the day learning about and using devices that will prepare them for college or employment. Our instructors will work with each person to develop their skills while they train on the latest computer software and hardware.

The second half of the day will focus on employment opportunities. The students will work at area businesses developing techniques and tools to be successful in a work environment. Work experiences have included the Pittsburgh Food Bank, the Children’s Museum, Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and our Industries program at BVRS.


CCAP Brochure

Printable Application

Referral Form

CCAP is the first step to a successful future.  Please contact Bonnie Rizzino at 412-368-4400 or email at to register.