Networking is one of the most important components of successful employment. For teenagers, networking can be a great way to find a first job; a teen might get a weekend job in a family store, or a summer job at a restaurant where a family friend works. These connections can be especially helpful for students with vision impairments and can often be the key to securing a first successful employment opportunity. The benefit of networking extends beyond simply getting a job. It is important for individuals with vision impairment to understand who is in their network and how to maximize the resources available to them through the people they know. This is an important opportunity to discuss boundaries and opportunities.
The activity below encourages students to consider who is in their network and how these connections can play a part in their employment process.
This activity uses a lesson from the American Foundation for the Blind Transition Tote. However, this lesson simply serves as a model. If this kit is not available to you, the student can still participate in this activity.