UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — India Scott was 5 years old when a benign brain tumor resulted in her becoming blind in both eyes. As a high school student, she twice participated in Pennsylvania’s Summer Academy for visually impaired students to help her become more independent as she prepared for college. This year, she will return to the academy as a resident assistant.
“I want to help other participants after seeing myself and how independently I was able to care for myself during my freshman year of college,” Scott said. “A lot of participants come in very insecure, but when you leave, between the bonds and friendships you make and the amount of expertise and knowledge you gain, you are empowered.”
The Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired is a three-week intensive program that runs from July 8 to Aug. 3 at the University Park campus. The academy focuses on enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to postsecondary education and is available at no cost to eligible high school students who anticipate attending college or technical/trade school after graduation.