Activities for Students

Jump Start
Summer Internship Program

DSB logoJune 2 – 21, 2019
ASBVI campus, Little Rock

Jump Start is a three-week summer program that the Division of Services for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired collaboratively sponsor. Jump Start this year will begin June 3 and end June 22nd.  The program is for blind and visually impaired high school students 16 years old or older.  The purpose of the program is to expose the students to the world of work and help them with transitioning from high school to employment/adulthood. We place the students in part-time jobs in the morning and expose them to fun and educational activities in the afternoon. This could range from dining at Sonny Williams, taking classes on resume building or gaining skills on cooking and cleaning. We provide the transportation to and from their work sites and we even provide them with a salary.

Jump Start 2019 Letter and Flyer

Jump Start 2019 Application (fillable)

Jump Start 2019 Application (paper)

Transition-Age Youth Programs

WSB logoSummer Programs
World Services for the Blind, Little Rock

World Services for the Blind continues to expand its services to include young people who are blind or visually impaired. Current programs include College Prep, ACT Prep and the Essential Workplace Skills Series. Click here to download the Transitional Age Youth Program brochure. Click here to download the 2017 Program Cost Schedule.

College Prep Program

Each summer, students come to WSB for a first-hand higher-ed experience during the eight-week College Prep Program. An introduction to college life, the College Prep Program curriculum includes a two-week skills evaluation period, academic skills development, assistive technology and computer literacy, psychological and social adjustment, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility. Students will also participate in recreational and leisure activities. Visit the College Prep Program page for complete details.

ACT Test Prep

The ACT is a nationally recognized college admissions test accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Taught by experts in the field of blindness and low vision, World Services for the Blind’s ACT Test Prep course provides live instruction, homework review and customized recommendations based on practice test performance—all aimed at helping students who are blind or visually impaired to score higher. Pre-reading materials are sent so that prep starts the minute you’re signed up, and post-evaluation support continues for two weeks following the on-campus course. Contact the recruiting and admissions department for upcoming program dates.

Essential Workplace Skills Series

The Essential Work Place Skills (EWPS) Series is intended for transitional youth and young adults who are about to enter the workforce or for adults with little to no real work history. It is intended to build an essential foundation of skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace. In addition to the traditional qualifications and technical skills usually considered, employers are also concentrating on new areas such as: communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills. In addition to employability skills, there are also several personal attributes that appear consistent across the board which include: Enthusiasm, commitment, common sense and positive self-esteem. The EWPS Series addresses the soft skills that employers are seeking in their employees while taking the consumer through the process of finding and securing the job that they desire and are qualified for.

Arkansas Regional Cane Quest

Cane Quest 2017 logoOctober 2019
ASBVI, Little Rock

Cane Quest is a challenging orientation and mobility contest developed by Braille Institute of America, Inc. Cane Quest seeks to motivate students to practice their skills, while also serving as an age-appropriate benchmark for expectations and an opportunity to educate the sighted public about the independence abilities of blind youth and adults.

Who:  Cane-users in 3rd-6th grades (consideration will be given to 2nd graders)

When:  Thursday, October 2018

Where:  Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2600 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205

Why:  Promote the independence of cane-users across the state

Arkansas Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge logoFebruary 2020
ASBVI campus, Little Rock

The BRAILLE CHALLENGE®, a very special competition that motivates blind students to improve their Braille reading and writing literacy skills, will be hosted by the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually impaired on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the ASBVI campus in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Categories of the competition include reading comprehension, Braille speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading, and interpreting raised-line charts and graphs.

The Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children.  It is the only national Braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of Braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success.

Contact Lori Cole at ASBVI for more information.