Short Course Program

These programs are designed to address the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments currently attending school in their local school districts.

The courses and the content for each is listed with the anticipation that we will be offering on-campus short courses at CSB. In recognition of the potential need to offer virtual programming, we are considering possible changes to course content but the overall theme for each course will remain the same. Once you express interest and register for a course, we will maintain contact with your team (family and teacher) regarding any changes.

The demands of classes and homework can leave little time to concentrate on the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), such as daily living skills, adaptive technology, or orientation and mobility. The short course program will provide intensive short term instruction in areas of the ECC. Time will also be provided daily to maintain the core curriculum assignments missed during attendance at the short course. Students who can adapt to a new learning and living environment for a short period of time will benefit from this experience.

See the Short Course Program Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Short Courses 2020-2021


Low Vision and How I Use It: Anatomy, Advocacy, and Technology

November 9-13, 2020
(Registration closes: October 12, 2020)
Ages: Middle School & High School

Join this week-long course where students with low vision will learn about the anatomy of the eye, how vision works, how their vision works, and even take a trip to the Exploratorium to dissect a cow's eye! They will practice talking about their vision and advocating for themselves in role play with their peers and interview successful Low Vision professionals. Students will also learn how to access the classroom and their environment using technology. This includes using Google Drive/Docs with screen magnification software, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software/hardware, iPads, and a variety of video magnifiers. This week is sure to be filled with memorable experiences while increasing their skills, confidence, and independence in accessing their classwork.

Students applying for this course should have usable low vision and can benefit from magnification.


Preparing Your Best Burger

December 7-11, 2020
(Registration closes November 9, 2020)
Ages: 16+

Discover what it takes to make a really good burger. Not something you heat up in a microwave, but a fresh burger with all the fixings. It could be a beef patty, a veggie burger or turkey. The choice is yours.

Creating that meal requires knowing what you want, a shopping list of ingredients, how to purchase what you need, money skills to buy your ingredients, safe food handling, knife skills, kitchen tools, how to measure quantities and of course the oven.

Join us for a week of cooking, shopping, chopping and of course eating your ultimate burger.


iPad Course (in development)

January 11-15, 2021
(Registration closes December 7, 2020)

Ages: All Ages


Let's Get Cooking

February 1-5, 2021
(Registration closes January 4, 2021)
Ages: High School

Are you ready to look beyond the microwave to prepare food? Join an existing CSB class for a fun filled week in the kitchen. Learn to prepare snacks and meals that are simple, nutritious and delicious. Participate in meal planning, shop for ingredients and follow recipes. Access customer service to locate your ingredients and improve your safety and independence in the kitchen.

*This course is designed to meet the needs of students enrolled in a functional academic program.


Advance Your Braille and Refreshable Braille Skills

March 1-5, 2021
(Registration closes February 1, 2021)
Ages: Elementary and Middle School

Do you have Super Powers? Can you read Braille? If the answer is yes, you should come meet other Super Heroes at CSB. Being able to read Braille is a Super Power and we want to celebrate it. Join students of all ages and ability levels in daily braille and refreshable braille device activities. Activities include; UEB braille contraction reviews, spelling contests, braille games, and BrailleNote lessons. The week will culminate in a schoolwide Braille Bee. Short Course students can compete in assigned levels to test their skills. First, second, and third place winners will receive medals, prizes and bragging rights. If this sounds good to you, sign up to celebrate your Braille Super Powers!


Access to Transit: Apps Edition

April 19-23, 2021
(Registration closes March 22, 2021)
Ages: 14+

CSB is proud to announce this O&M themed short course designed to expose participants to a variety of navigational and transit Apps while traveling on local public transportation such as BART and AC Transit. Students will learn to download and use specific Apps to plan trips, locate places of interest and the types of public transit needed to visit these destinations. Content will be shaped to meet the interests, skill level and needs of applicants, but likely activities will include walking, bus and transit routes including a visit to The Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. Students must bring their own cell phones or tablets and have the ability to download a variety of free Apps throughout the week.


Career Exploration - Building Work Experiences for Your Future

May 3-7, 2021
(Registration closes March 29, 2021)
Ages: 16+

Join CSB's jobs and volunteer program to experience different opportunities on and off campus and help build your future. You will help operate the student-run store called the Rocketshop Cafe including helping make items to sell. Additionally there will be opportunities to participate in our other programs such as work at an animal sanctuary, sorting clothes for display at the Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank and Thrift Store, or helping at a local print shop.

Meet CSB students who participate in our programs every week, find out the benefits of regular work beyond the paycheck, and learn how work experiences have helped CSB students become active participants in their communities.


Summer Academies

If you would like to look at our offerings from last year to get an idea of programming, check out our Summer Academy page.