Transitions: From Self-Conscious of Blindness to Self-Confident and Successful: Meet Gena Harper  

Editor’s Note: Parents of children and young adults who are blind or low vision can take note of Gena Harper’s transformation from a young person who was self-conscious of blindness to an adult who is self-confident and successful. It is common for young people to desperately want to fit in with their peers. For this … Continued

Meet Satauna Howery: Voice Actor and Small Business Owner Who is Blind

Editor’s note: Is your child or young adult interested in voice acting? Meet Satauna Howery, a voice actor who is blind, and hear her advice to others who are blind or low vision who are interested in a career in the industry.   Hold on to your hats and be prepared to be wowed! You’re about … Continued

The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub Has Your Back for Transition Services 

Could it really be time to investigate summer transition programs and services for your transition-age student or young adult who is blind or has low vision? Yes! Those steamy months wrought with extra time for preparing your young person for adulthood—independent life, college or career school, and the workforce—are around the corner. To help you … Continued

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” for Youth Who Are Blind or Low Vision

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2022” applies to all children, especially those who are blind or who have low vision.  Why? Because we know that children with visual impairments need purposeful exposure to jobs and career choices that they may not “see” on TV or by casually walking down a street.  Let’s … Continued

Transitions: Teens, Are You Strapped for Cash? Start Planning for a Summer Job

Editor’s Note: National Student Employment Week has passed, but a summer job remains a right-of-passage for many high school students. It might be a teen’s first taste of freedom offered by a paycheck, it might represent saving up for something special, it might be a step toward saving for college or transition to living independently.  Just … 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

Transitions: From Legacy to Legendary: Thrive with APH CareerConnect

Editor’s Note: APH ConnectCenter and APH CareerConnect are thrilled to introduce Richard Rueda as APH CareerConnect’s new Digital Content Manager. Richard brings two decades of experience in transition and vocational rehabilitation experience to the ConnectCenter.  Learn about how APH CareerConnect supports and empowers blind and low-vision job seekers from high school through mid-career as they … Continued

Transitions: The Benefits of Working

Editor’s Note: Blind from birth, Karen Shrawder shares the importance of work experience opportunities for all youth, especially transition-age youth with visual impairments.  Thanks to high-quality educational and Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) experiences, Karen is now sharing her passion for employment with others as a Work Incentives Practitioner with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) The Benefits of Working.  This blog also appears … Continued

In Celebration of NDEAM: We Look Back, We Advocate, and We Plan for Gainful Employment

Hello, October, arguably the most magnificent month—not (only) because of the sensational scents, sights, and sips of fall, but (also) because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NDEAM for short. In celebration: We stop and remember. We educate others. We plan and gear up for the future. Why? Because, as is the 2021 NDEAM … Continued

Empowered to Work with Your Visually Impaired Child’s Medical Professionals

You + your child’s ophthalmologist + the pediatrician + any necessary therapists + medical specialists who manage any chronic or acute problems = your child’s robust medical professional team. You are a key member. Yet, it isn’t uncommon for parents to feel void of expertise and, therefore, to take a passive role or back seat … Continued