Friday, August 13, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Kristin Smedley 
Thriving Blind Academy 

Thriving Blind at College 

College bound blind and visually impaired students and their families will learn key strategies for succeeding without sight at college. Upgrade to the VIP ticket and get the session recording, e-Braille and print copy of Thriving Blind, and more!

Register Now!Are you a blind or visually impaired student heading off to college soon and wondering:

  • How will I find my way around?
  • How will I make friends?
  • Will my professors make things accessible for me?
  • Are there fun things I can do at school?
  • What is it like to have a roommate?
  • What techology should I have?
  • How will I manage all of the courses and homework?

Imagine having a blind sibling or good friend that has faced the stress and fear of heading off to college, created systems and strategies to have incredible success and tons of fun, and  share all of it with you, guiding you so YOU succeed too.  Michael Smedley, Jr is THAT guide for you!


 Image of Michael Smedley, Jr at a laptop wearing headphones.  Thriving Blind poster behind him.


Michael Smedley, Jr is heading into his senior year at Penn State University, a very large Division 1 school in State College, PA - three hours away from his home.  He started his college career at Belmont University in Nashville - 1000 miles away from home - and transferred to PSU for bigger academic  opportunities and more social experiences (he's addicted to attending those big PSU football games!)

Michael has a thriving social life at school (he formed a band and released an album at Belmont U), academic success with a massive courseload (Presidents's Award, PSU) and manages traveling independently through campus and the town of State College from his apartment off campus.

Michael will do a rapid-fire info download for participants, sharing stories of campus life, friends, professors, and more.  He will discuss the many strategies and tools he uses as well as give you tips on all the things you can do BEFORE campus move in day to set yourself up for success.  A few of the areas Michael will cover:

  • Finding, making and keeping friends at school
  • Communicating with professors
  • Registering with the Disabilities Office
  • Setting up your schedule and environment for success
  • Getting to know your campus
  • Navigating the college social scene
  • Best apps for blind/VI students
  • Living on and off campus

And so much more!


Session is 60 minutes and includes a Q&A session.


The VIP UPGRADE $27 includes::

  • Free e-braille AND print copy of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without SIght
  • Recording of the session sent to your email
  • September check in: Chat with Michael via Zoom in September for adjustments, advice, etc

NOTE: Thriving Blind Academy members recieve the VIP UPGRADE FOR FREE! Check your emial for the discount code. If you are interested to learn more about joing the TBA Membership visit www.ThrivingBlind.com