BUSINESS Envision Acquires National Virtual Program to Help Blind or Visually Impaired Students By Staff Monday, December 6, 2021 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Envision, which provides employment opportunities, programs and services to help people who are blind or visually impaired, is helping students tackle this extra layer of complexity with the acquisition of the College Success Program (CSP). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The CSP is a one-of-a-kind virtual, national program designed to help support students with vision loss entering college and the workforce. The program will be housed under Envision’s Workforce Innovation Center.“Envision’s acquisition of the College Success Program is a strong complement to the goals of our Workforce Innovation Center as we orient the next generation of students with vision loss toward a successful and accessible future,” said Karyn Page, Envision’s vice president of innovation. The program was developed by Princeton-based Learning Ally and is based on three key research insights. First, students who are visually impaired need to arrive at school prepared to direct their own learning. Second, students are at risk of becoming socially separated from their peers and isolated in the classroom. And third, students who take charge of their education and embrace assistive technology are more likely to succeed and track with their sighted peers. The program is made possible by the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. “We’re excited to see how the College Success Program grows with Envision,” said Mary Alexander, former national program director at Learning Ally, and now with Envision as the CSP senior director. “Envision’s specialty employment programs and services will truly help elevate this program and provide extended resources for students who are blind or visually impaired.” The CSP acquisition is a part of Envision’s growth efforts, which also include its expansion to Dallas, Texas, and the additions of David Stupay as the executive director of Envision Dallas, Noreen Carrocci, PhD as the new senior vice president for Envision’s Foundation and Mission Services, and Karyn Page as Envision’s vice president of innovation.