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.

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.

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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

NFB Scholar Mary Fernandez offers a personal reflection of her own job search experience. This is a great discussion topic for all young job seekers.

Source: The Student Slate, Fall 2012

Useful for residents of the U.K.,RNIB presents information on finding a job, keeping a job, preparing for employment, and starting a business of one's own.

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

This section of the Vision Aware site includes the following topics: talking to your employer, knowing your rights, training resources, and workplace technology.

Source: VisionAware