Career Education Resources

These sites are helpful to students who are blind or visually impaired and beginning to plan for employment and careers. The resources in the Transition topic area are also often relevant to students looking at career planning.

This website matches job seekers with disabilities with employers in all types of work settings throughout the United States. It includes sections for those seeking jobs and for employers, as well as employment services, such as writing resumes and cover letters, career counseling, job placement, and job coaching.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop provides links to career exploration, including self-assessments and employment trends. It also includes sections on Education and Training, Resumes and Interviews, Salary and Benefits, Job Search, and People and Places.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

JAN has the answers to your questions about ADA regulations, workplace accommodations, advocacy and accessibility. JAN is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, in the U.S. Department of Labor

This section of AER's website has information about the skills and responsibilities of O&M Specialists, a list of training programs, a job exchange, and information about current issues in the field, such as environmental access.

Source: Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

This is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. It includes sections on exploring careers, making connections, finding a job, succeeding at work, and personal stories.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (ACB)

This article explores the pros and cons of surgery, with information about procedures, outcomes, and recovery.

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

A young person's transition into the adult world may require planning specific to his or her condition. In this webcast, Wendy Bridgeo shares teaching strategies for helping students with CHARGE Syndrome achieve success in meaningful work environments.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

The mission of EYE Retreat is to provide an opportunity for youth with visual impairments to experience a glimpse of post secondary outcomes (employment, college, etc.)  through development of mentoring relationships, real world applications, and identification of available resources.

The 2016 EYE Retreat will be held July 23 to July 30 in Raleigh, NC. It is designed to teach students all the college success skills they will need.  In 2015, they hosted 51 students from 2 countries and 8 states.  Their mission is to provide a mock college experience for students with visual impairments to prepare them for higher education through peer mentoring and real world skills. Go to http://goo.gl/forms/cLXiIYc0Km to apply.  Slots are limited. 

For more information, see:  http://www.eyeretreat.org/

An explanation of the elements of an eye examination and what the specialist is evaluating.

Source: American Optometric Association

In this 30-minute webcast, Mary Zatta describes the purpose and components of a vocational portfolio, and discusses the importance of development processes.

For more information on this topic, see this title from Perkins Publications: School to Work - Developing Transitional Portfolios for Students with Significant Disabilities

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

This site offers information based on the Guideposts for Success including what research and practice has identified as key educational and career development interventions that make a positive difference in the lives of all youth.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor

Young adults who are deafblind experience significant challenges when transitioning from school to post school outcomes in areas such as community living, employment and college and career readiness.  The newest product from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life, is a multi-media presentation capturing the purpose and energy of the annual Transition Institute. Transition Institutes are an effort by state deafblind projects in the southeast region of the country to employ best practices in transition in combination with networking and mentoring opportunities.

Effective practice tells us that good transition planning builds the capacity of young people to become confident and engaged adults. In their own words, young adults who are deafblind, families, and service providers share their perspectives on self-determination, raising expectations, and the elements of effective transition planning.

Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Access
  • Student-Focused Planning
  • Student Development
  • Interagecy Collaboration
  • Program Structure
  • Family Involvement
  • Participants' Advice
  • Conclusion

 

Full transcript available; video is captioned and audio described.

 

 

Covers a wide range of topics: eye safety, occupational eye injury statistics, health hazard evaluations and fatality reports, and links to safety publications and other resources.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

An explanation of the functional field of vision test, with definitions of terms.

Source: Lea-Test

The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities offering information on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.

Source: National Youth Transitions Center
Illinois Council on Long Term Care
Creative and practical advice for improving the quality of life of the visually impaired. Describes how to recognize vision loss in older people, the social and psychological effects of low vision, and advice on adaptations and devices.
 
Source: Nursing Home

Video resumes are a way to show potential employers a student's abilities and achievements. This 2-page fact sheet lists tips for creating an effective video resume, a particularly effective way to document the abilities and achievements of students with severe disabilities.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

Programs may be closer than you think. In addition to state-supported agencies, local training centers and business programs often sponsor rehabilitation programs. Your local Lions organization can also help you research the best program for your needs.

Source: VisionAware

Richard Nenno met recently with a group of students with visual impairments to discuss finding a job in a professional workplace.  Nenno, who has a visual impairment, graduated from Harvard Law School and has worked for 32 years for Wilmington Trust as the bank's legal counsel. He encouraged students to follow their passions and "work hard to be an expert in whatever they would like to pursue".  He emphasized the importance of networking and the importance of embracing technology.

To read more, click here.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
This 40-page pdf-format handbook includes sections on understanding and adjusting to vision loss, low vision aids, and caregivers’ checklists for nurses, dining room staff, social workers, and others. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
 
Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

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