Transitions: My SWEP Experience (Student Work Experience Program)  

by Daniel Bair Editor’s note: Career Exploration is a critical component of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for high-school students and transition-age youth who are blind or low vision.  The W.I.O.A. act set aside IDEA money to develop transition experiences for high-school age students with disabilities. Blindness vocational rehabilitation programs have responded with creative Pre-Employment opportunities for … Continued

APH ConnectCenter Physical Activity Webinar Programs 

by Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs Editor’s Note: Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Ruth Childs share information about a seven-part APH ConnectCenter webinar series where Dr. Lieberman and additional experts will provide information, examples, and tools to support access to recreation and physical activity for all children, including those who are blind or low vision.  … Continued

Transitions: The Making of a (Self) Advocate  

by Jaida Burrows Editor’s Note: Growing up with cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment (CVI), high school Junior, Jaida, shares how she doesn’t see her challenges as “barriers”; she sees “puzzles” that she can solve. Jaida’s parents raised her to be a self-advocate. Starting in middle school, Jaida was empowered to share her story which … Continued

An Autobiography: Helping Your Child Write and Share His Story Which Includes a Vision Impairment

We all have a story to tell. Your heritage and culture, family and friends, home and school and work environments, interests, habits, and choices, and your experiences shape your character—the character of your story, that is. The same is true for your child who is blind or visually impaired.  Crafting the story  Wouldn’t it be … Continued

Transitions: The Places Internships May Take You

by Lindsay Kerr Editor’s Note: Lindsay Kerr, a recent college graduate who has a visual impairment, shares how saying ”yes” to a short-term internship opened doors, opportunities, and career options she never imagined possible.  When I interviewed for an internship at 19, I never would have believed where it would take me or the connections I would make.   Looking back almost eight years, the only questions I remember … Continued

Illuminating the IEP, Part One: The Purpose of an Individualized Education Program

by Carlton Anne Cook Walker If you are the parent or family member of a child or teen who is blind or has a visual impairment, you have (hopefully) heard the term IEP. Three letters: I, E, and P can engender a wide range of emotions – in parents, in teachers, in administrators, and even in children. Before diving … Continued

Transitions: Creativity Overcomes Challenges Posed by a Remote Summer Work

Photo of Gavin holding his iPhone. Editor’s Note: Each state offers a summer work or pre-employment transition program for youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.  These programs are great opportunities for young people to learn about working as a person with vision loss and build confidence and gain valuable work experience.  In this blog, Gavin, … Continued

Transitions: Creativity Overcomes Challenges Posed by a Remote Summer Transition Experience

Editor’s Note: Each state offers a summer work or pre-employment transition program for youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.  These programs are excellent opportunities for young people to learn about working as a person with vision loss and build confidence and gain valuable work experience.  In this blog Gavin, an aspiring actor, shares what he … Continued

The APH ConnectCenter Launches – The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub

Our APH ConnectCenter staff have been busy this summer with updates to our websites and planning new resources for our FamilyConnect and APH CareerConnect families.  August is an exciting time here at the APH ConnectCenter as we reveal our new rebranded websites (FamilyConnect, APH CareerConnect, and VisionAware).  We are also launching a new website: APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub. Our new look is dynamic, high contrast with our websites still offering a wealth of curated resources on … Continued

Transitions: Bread, Rice, or Tostada – Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 4: Cake

Editor’s note: This blog, written by: Jovany Barba, is the fourth and final blog of a four-part series exploring the importance of incorporating cultural diversity in transition planning. This week Jovany, a first-generation Latinx American, shares the experience of navigating the tensions between their parents’, teachers’, and own expectations of transition and independence. The APH ConnectCenter wants to thank all the authors for sharing their stories … Continued