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

Transitions: Navigating College Is Easier with Envision’s College Success Program 

Editor’s note: Parents of children who are blind or low vision, is your child preparing for college or other post-secondary education? You can introduce your child to Envision College Success Program’s all-virtual, holistic support system. Read on to learn more about the program and all it offers.  Let’s face it—navigating college (from the application process … Continued

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

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

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

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: 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: 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

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

Transitions: There’s an App for That: Preparing Your Child Who’s Blind or Visually Impaired for a Successful Transition to Adulthood (The 4to24 App)

Parents and caregivers of children who are blind or visually impaired, you have an important role in helping your child prepare for a successful transition to adulthood. And did you know a successful transition starts in early childhood?! It’s true.  The book Beyond High School: Preparing Adolescents for Tomorrow’s Challenges states “For students with disabilities, … Continued