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

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: Introducing Payton Polk, STEAM Student and APH-Papano Scholarship Recipient for 2021

Editor’s Note: Meet Payton Polk, the 2021 recipient of the APH-Papano Scholarship for STEAM students.  Payton, a biochemistry major at UCLA and shares her experiences navigating classes at UCLA as a person with a visual impairment.  This blog also appears on the APH CareerConnect website.  APH: Hi Payton! Thank you for taking the time to share your story. Would you begin by telling us a little about … 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

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

Transitions: White Cane Safety Day

by VisionAware peer, Steve Kelley Written by VisionAware peer, Steve Kelley, this great overview of National White Cane Safety Day was originally posted on APH’s VisionAware website. Orientation and mobility (O&M) skills are critical to the independence of all people with vision loss, regardless of age. To learn about how O&M is taught at different … 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

Transitions: Transitioning Students from High School to Adulthood Takes Training and Teamwork

Transition planning typically starts around age 14 or 16, but many programs are available for younger children to help them start to learn about career options. Professionals and parents of students who are visually impaired all have a part to play in preparing them for success. In this blog Neva Fairchild, President talks about why … Continued