Summer Youth Program

For years, students who are blind or vision impaired have chosen to spend a portion of their summer at Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services learning new and vital skills.  Our Career and Community Adjustment Program supports young adults, ages 14- 21, in their pursuit of post- secondary education and employment.  This life-changing program offers our students a unique opportunity to participate in real world experiences while developing skills that help them lead a life of greater independence.

Whether our students need to strengthen independent living skills, learn new technology, or develop work experience, our youth always leave with a greater sense of confidence and independence.  Our individualized programming is adapted to meet each student’s needs and goals.  We offer an environment that helps students thrive through intensive instruction, compassion, and commitment.  Many of our instructors have been with BVRS for more than 10 years. Our blind instructors serve as great mentors to our students as they navigate the challenges of everyday life.


Adjustment to Blindness Training (June 25 – July 13)

Our first session helps students develop the skills they need to adjust to their vision loss.  Areas of instruction include orientation and mobility, safe cooking techniques, grooming, maintaining a home or apartment.  Students also benefit from classes in exercise, nutrition and health care, and leisure activities.

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

Employment and Technology Instruction (July 16 – August 3)

Our second session includes technology training and employment skills development.  Students will spend half the day learning about and using devices so that will prepare them for college or employment.  The other half of the day will be focused on occupational opportunities.  Our students will work at area businesses developing techniques and tools to be successful in a work setting.  Past experiences have included the Pittsburgh Food Bank, the Children’s Museum, Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and our Industries program at BVRS.

Our Career and Community Adjustment Program is the first step to a life of success.  Please contact Bonnie Rizzino at 412-368-4400 or email at brizzino@pghvis.org.