Transitions: Indiana O&M Adventure Summer Camp: Play and Practical Lessons   

Thanks to APH FamilyConnect’s sponsorship, children who are blind or have low vision in Indiana from birth through age 18 have the chance to attend the first-ever O&M Adventure Summer Camp! The camp is being offered in two-hour sessions over the course of three weeks in Indianapolis.    The camp is the brainchild of Mindy Koehne, … Continued

Transitions: The 2022 National Coding Symposium: An opportunity to explore career options

Editor’s Note:  It’s never too early to explore career options for your child or student who is blind or has low vision. APH is proud to bring you The 2022 National Coding Symposium.  This is the perfect opportunity for your transition-age student to hear from real people with visual impairments who are thriving in the … Continued

Transitions: Student Employment: A Pathway to Future Careers 

Editor’s Note: Early work experiences and exposure to different types of jobs are both predictors of future employment for youth with visual impairments.  In celebration of National Student Employment Week, learn about how Lindsay and Nina are working while attending college and how those job experiences are enriching their lives and helping them build foundational … Continued

Words from the Wise: An Interview with “The Blind Cook” Christine Ha

There’s no question that Christina Ha is a remarkable, history-making woman, the only blind contestant ever and the season three winner of “MasterChef.” For Women’s History Month, we asked her to share her story as inspiration for parents and their children who are visually impaired. The key takeaway? Anything is possible if you’re determined.  FamilyConnect: … Continued

Ever Lee Hairston: A Black leader in the blindness field and civil rights

Ever Lee Hairston is not only one of the countless Black leaders who work in the field of blindness, or have done so through the years. She is also a civil rights leader – and her experience with the civil rights movement inspired her to help others who are blind, like her.  Lighting the flame  … Continued

Let Kids Be Kids: Instilling Confidence in Children With Visual Impairments  

Paul Schroeder, who is Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at APH, has had a successful and satisfying career so far. And he’s quick to credit his parents for making a lot of good decisions after he lost both eyes to retinoblastoma – cancer of the retina – by the time he was two … Continued

Braille: The Doorway to Literacy

As we celebrate Louis Braille’s birthday and World Braille Day on January 4 – and Braille Literacy Month throughout January – it’s an ideal time to consider how important it is for all students who are blind or visually impaired to learn braille.  Of course, there are plenty of ways to take in language without sight, from … Continued

Low-Vision Assessments and Services: The Earlier Your Child Starts, The Better

Perhaps you’ve noticed your young child is having trouble reading, even though they’ve started building a vocabulary. Maybe a teacher says your teen is having problems seeing the blackboard from an assigned seat, or isn’t meeting their full potential working online. Or it could be that you take your child to the family eye doctor before they … Continued

Code Jumper Builds Skills and Confidence for Future STEM Careers

People with skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are in high demand in the workplace – and the field shows no signs of slowing down in the future. Computer science, including coding, is a viable career option for people who are blind or have visual impairments, because it’s all type-based, making it compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology.  … Continued

Transitions: Perkins’ Compass Program Prepares Students for College Success

In this blog Leslie Thatcher, Ed.M., Director of College Succcess@Perkins, shares how Perkins’ Compass Program uses a coaching model to work with students in grades 9 – 12 and their families as they prepare for college success. This blog also appears on APH CareerConnect. Or you can click here to go directly to the APH … Continued