Short Courses

Photo of smiling students standing together with arms around each other at the end of the High School independence weekend short course.

In order to promote, facilitate, and provide appropriate educational opportunities for all Wisconsin children who are blind or visually impaired, regardless of their educational placement, Outreach staff offer courses of variable length designed and tailored to a child's specific expanded core curriculum needs.

Individual Short Courses

An Individual Short course is when a student receives direct instruction from a Short Course instructor on one or more areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; instruction is driven by goals created by the student’s IEP. An IEP meeting is required for an Individual Short Course, no matter the length of time a student is participating in the Short Course.

Group Short Courses

A Group Short Course occurs via one of two channels:

  • A student is signed up for a pre-planned short course, such as a  “Winter Weekend.” These pre-planned short courses are on scheduled dates throughout the school year and are held in Janesville or in various locations in Wisconsin.
  • A program is selected from our menu of pre-planned Short Courses, which are available to be hosted anywhere in the state of Wisconsin! We prefer to provide these programs for small groups of students, as that is how they have been designed, but we will absolutely adapt the program to work for only one student if desired! If hosted somewhere other than Wisconsin Center for the Blind campus, these group short courses will be held on weekends or a maximum of three days during the week.
  • Sign up for a group short course!

Who Can Enroll In WCBVI Short Courses?

Any Wisconsin student who is blind or visually impaired and is enrolled in his or her local school district may participate in WCBVI Short Course programs.

Won't Students Fall Behind Academically While Attending WCBVI Short Courses?

Short Course instructors provide time each day for students to work on assignments from their home schools. It is the responsibility of the student to bring schoolwork and to ask the Short Course instructor for assistance, if needed.

What Is The Cost Of A WCBVI Short Course Program?

The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is proud to offer all aspects of Short Course programming free of charge, including student lodging and meals.

Upcoming Short Courses