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.

Information about obtaining, using, and disclosing medical information; concerns about safety; harassment; how to file a charge of employment discrimination.

Source: United States Equal Opportunities Commission

Promoting the hiring of workers with blindness or visual impairment by changing the attitudes of employers.

Source: Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

Promoting the hiring of workers with blindness or visual impairment by changing the attitudes of employers.

Source: Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

This page is full of interesting resources, and includes discussion groups and local organizations. Connecting with blind people in your area can be a great motivator and lead to valuable contacts.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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

Source: Pancyprian Organization of the Blind

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

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