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.

The history and current status of vocational training in Romania, including employment of individuals with visual impairment.

Source: Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

The goal of Wyoming AgrAbility is to inform, educate, and assist ranchers, farmers, and farm workers with disabilities and their families so that they can continue doing what they love—ranching and farming. This fact sheet has adaptations that will also be useful for gardeners and home handypersons with visual impairments.

Source: Wyoming AgrAbility

Although aimed at Canadian students, this 100+-page booklet is chock-full of suggestions and planning tips that help ease the transition into adult life.

Source: Prince Edward Island Dept. of Education

Staff from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) have created a series of lesson plans for teaching self-determination skills to students with visual impairments. As part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), Self-Determination is an essential part of the education of students with visual impairments. 

Scott Baltisberger, TVI / Outreach Education Consultant and Chrissy Cowan, TVI and Outreach Mentor Coordinator have posted the following lessons:

Unit 1:  The Eye and Sight

Topics

  •     What is an Eye?  (Lesson 1)
  •     How Does an Eye Work?  (Lesson 2)
  •     Everyone Has Different Eyes – Animals  (Lesson 3)
  •     Everyone Has Different Eyes – People  (Lesson 4)
  •     How is My Eye Special?  (Lesson 5)

Unit 2:  Student Toolbox

Topics

  •     How Does My Vision Affect My Access to Information?
    •         K-2nd Grade  (Lesson 6)
    •         3rd-12th Grade  (Lesson 7)
    •         My Personal Goals (Lesson 8 -all grades)
  •     Strategies for Increasing Access
    •         Strategies for Braille Readers (Lesson 9)
    •         Strategies for Print Readers (Lesson 10)
    •         Strategies for Using Audible Materials (Lesson 11)
  •     Strategies for Communicating with Others about Access
    •         Personal Preferences for Access to Visual Media (Lesson 12)
    •         Creating a Product to Communicate Visual Strategies/Tools with Teachers (Lesson 13)
       

 

A 122-page planning guide for implementing skills development and access to work for people with disabilities.

Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)

This guide focuses on the development of student portfolios to document "accomplishments, needed adaptations, modifications, and accommodations, including transition to the next environment or postsecondary environments." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Kansas State Board of Education

Seven young adults, all of whom are blind or visually impaired, were invited by PRCVI to share their experiences and insights about life before and after grade 12. Scroll down the page to find the audio of their talks.

Source: Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology

The Consortium provides electronic access to the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) and information on careers in adapted physical education, as well as downloadable position statements and documents on physical education guidelines for children with disabilities.

The mission of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is the "enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination." Information on registering to participate in the Center research. Most materials are aimed at professionals.

Source: Mississippi State University (MSU-NRTC)

Developed for students ages 3 to 22, this curriculum focuses on developing life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

Source: Perkins Products

NCDB is an information clearinghouse on deafblindness. This site provides links to extensive resources, including a specific transition packet, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and related topics.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.

Dorinda Rife, former Superintendent of Programs and Services at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses the importance of planning for transition by  incorporating necessary skills training into a child's everyday environments, starting from birth.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Although this guide is designed for youth who are deafblind, much of the information is applicable to other youth as well. The materials in the appendices include a extremely helpful worksheets (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Deaf-Blind Program, Center for Disabilities, South Dakota

This brief introduction defines transition and identifies key elements in the process, emphasizing individual initiative and the importance of planning. There are numerous links on the AFB Career Connect site for families and friends, teens, professionals, job seekers, and employers.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind has teamed up with Harvard Extension School to offer a free online course for hiring managers and recruiters who are interested in diversifying their workforce.  The course, which takes 2-3 hours to complete, is designed to teach participants to:

  • Identify potential barriers to employment.
  • Comfortably recruit, interview, and onboard candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Improve workplace accessibility and culture to support candidates with different abilities.

Session 1: Building a Diverse Recruiting Pipeline

This session covers the barriers to employment job seekers with disabilities face throughout the job search process, focusing on the recruitment stage. Mini documentary-style videos will showcase individuals with disabilities leading fulfilling careers and highlight the breadth of jobs that people with disabilities can perform.

Session 2: Acing the Interview

This session covers the pivotal moment of the interview and disclosure from the perspectives of the interviewer and the interviewee in order to better prepare the interviewer and address the potential for biased judgments.

Session 3: Adapting the Workplace

This session will provide information about creating an accessible and inclusive work environment for individuals with disabilities from the physical office layout to adaptive technology.

Session 4: Preparing for Day One

This session will prepare the manager for what to expect on the first day for a new employee with a disability and for the ongoing role of the manager in supervising an employee with a disability. Participants will learn how to create a workplace culture that supports diversity.

For more information, visit:

This collection of webcasts and webinars addressing transition planning can be viewed at no charge, or can be used to earn 40 ACVREP credits for a fee.

Source: Perkins eLearning

A collection of video demonstrations of daily living skills, featuring students at the Washington school. Many of these clips are also available as PowerPoint presentations and plain text.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

Perkins eLearning offers many free video webcasts on various aspects of Transition and we invite you to watch them!  People report that it has been helpful to watch them with a team to focus the discussion on a particular aspect of transition from school to adult life for youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.

Topics include:

  • Preparing for the World of Work
  • Creating Vocational Portfolios for Students with Significant Disabilities
  • No More Confusion about Transition to Adult Services
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Preparing Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired for Success in College
  • Transitioning from Early Intervention to Pre-School
  • Transitioning from High School to College

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