Transitioning to University with Vision Loss

This series of videos come from a single session from presenter Michelle Woolfrey – an ambitious, active university student who is blind – who shares her experience and tips for parents, teens and educators on preparing for university, as well as how to be successful at university. This is a must-watch series for both parents, teens and educators at all levels.

Transitioning to University – Introduction

In this video, Michelle provides some background about herself and her educational journey. She also provides an outline of the topics she will cover in the presentation.

 

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Transitioning to University – Social Skills

Michelle provides insight into the important role social skills play in being able to fully participate in the university experience and avoid isolation. She shares her personal experience on how enhancing her ability to communicate and participate with other students has positively impacted her university life.

 

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Transitioning to University – Access to Accommodations

In this session, Michelle discusses the various accommodations available to her as a student who is blind and how to access these resources. She also discusses funding, scholarship and bursary opportunities.

 

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Transitioning to University – Accommodation Examples

Michelle describes her own accommodations that she utilizes, how she went about securing and, at times, modifying them to suit her needs, as well as the accommodation options that are available.

 

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Transitioning to University – Independence and Advocacy

Michelle discusses her own educational journey and the steps she took to prepare for living independently while attending university. This includes working in advance to ensure she had the mobility and independence skills she’d need. She also discusses the importance of becoming your own advocate, and having the confidence to speak about your own accommodation needs with professors.

 

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Transitioning to University – Living a Balanced Lifestyle

In this session, Michelle confirms that people who are blind or partially sighted can, and should, have it all. University can be more than classes, studying and sleeping. It is important to participate and be active.

 

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Transitioning to University – General Tips for Success

Michelle provides some valuable tips on various subjects that she has used with success while attending university.

 

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Transitioning to University – Questions and Answers

In this final portion of her presentation, Michelle answered questions from the audience.

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