by Pearlie N. Browse
Visually impaired high school students will experience university life during a summer transition program hosted by Albany State University, the Albany Advocacy Resource Center and sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Workforce 44. The Summer Transition Program for the Visual Impaired is designed to provide academic support and independent living skills to area students enrolled in Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia special needs programs.
The students arrived June 2 and will live on campus through June 7. Activities include workshops about mobility requirements for campus housing, mathematics, computer skills, mobile technology skills, Braille, physical education, field trips and college tours.
As a highlight of the program, Vincent Martin will be the guest workshop presenter along with Dr. K. C. Chan, ASU professor of physics and project director, on Friday, June 7, from 9: a.m. to noon to advocate and demonstrate mobile and transformative technology. The program will close with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. in Eula Lovett Hall located on the campus.
Martin received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Georgia Tech in May and made history for being the first vision impaired and African American to receive an advanced degree from Georgia Tech. Martin will share experiences as a Ph.D. candidate and researcher in transformative assistant technology, detailing ways to use mobile technology to maximum efficiency.
For more information about the Summer Transition Program for the Visual Impaired, contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.