2018 Summer EmployAbility Program

Date and Time: 
Sunday, June 17, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 3, 2018 (All day)
Event Location: 
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Event Contact: 
Online Registration: 
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, March 16, 2018

This program’s focus is learning independent travel, daily living, and skills for competitive employment. The ultimate goal is to transfer this knowledge and experience back to the student’s home community.


Students 16-21 years of age who are blind or visually impaired and who have attended high school in Wisconsin for the 2017-2018 school year.


Students commit to the full six weeks of the program. The Center will close from July 3rd through 8th and students will not be allowed to remain on campus. Students will return on Sunday July 8th to continue with the Employment portion of the program.

  • Arrival time is between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Pick up time for holiday break is between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3
  • Return time after the holiday break is between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 8
  • Departure time for the end of the program is at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3.  This will be preceded by an open house for students, their employers and families, which begins at 11:30 a.m. 


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired campus located in Janesville, WI.


This is an experiential learning program, and is not part of a student’s IEP, nor any local district programming.


Although the program is free, students should bring approximately $20 per week with them to spend on incidentals and for use in money management skills.

Housing and Meals

Participants will stay on the WCBVI campus for the entire six weeks of the program. Dormitory-style housing will be provided. Participants will plan, shop for, and prepare all their own meals. Instruction will be provided as needed.


Students will participate in group recreational and educational activities throughout the program.

Next Step

This program accomodates up to 12 students.  After receiving the online interest form, those who are selected will receive a registration packet. Others who are not initially selected will be included on a wait list.