Show up, step up and Speak up: having conversations that are real, engaging, and productive in the workplace and beyond

by Alison Steven About 11 years ago my eyesight had deteriorated to the point where I quit trying to bluff my way through life and turned to the state blind agency for help. On my tour of the Assessment and Training Center I asked the questions that I had been struggling with most at the time: how did they deal with social situations as blind people? What did they do when joining a room of people mingling … Continued

Dog Guides in the Workplace: Maximizing independence on the job

It was nearly 13 years ago when I picked up the harness and I was forever a changed person. Throughout my career as a rehabilitation counselor and later the statewide transition specialist for blind services in California, one of the essential functions of my job was to travel up and down the state conducting outreach and hosting seminars in front of audiences often in large auditoriums.  Initially, my understanding … Continued

APH ConnectCenter Success Stories: Videos and Blogs: Lights, Camera, Action!

APH CareerConnect is excited to be spotlighting successful blind people at work. Join us as we highlight professional job and explore everything from ordinary to out-of-this-world careers held by blind people from all walks of life. Whether you are interested in finding out about a career in Information technology, STEM, teaching, counseling, or something else, we’ve got your ticket to a front row seat. Get ready to hear directly from blind and low vision professionals from all … Continued

Applying and Interviewing, Not Far Off from Dating

By Joe Strechay I am excited to be writing for the American Printing House for the Blind. If you don’t know me, I’m Joe Strechay and I love to share my insights about employment, life, and pop culture from my perspective as a professional who is blind. I recently watched Too Hot to Handle on Netflix (for mature audiences and … Continued

Overcoming Adversity as a Blind Job Seeker During a Pandemic

My name is Paulina Vazquez. I am a recent college graduate with a background in Communications. I am currently seeking employment as a customer service representative.  Although I have several career goals. including working in the travel industry or working in public relations, I’m keeping my options open for any opportunities that come my way. I love … Continued

APH Huntington: New Initiatives for People who are blind or Visually Impaired in a small Appalachian town

Editor’s note: this post was written by Lee Huffman of The American Printing House for the Blind Huntington, WV is a small town in Appalachia, surrounded by individuals and families who live in rural and mountain counties. Home to only 46,500 residents, Huntington is comprised of a small, downtown area surrounded by a larger suburban and rural population, and as … Continued

In Celebration of APH Founders Day: Ken Perry Shares His Success Story

Ever since its founding on January 23, 1858, APH has been showing the country – and the world – what can be achieved by people with vision loss, by providing them with the resources they need to excel. Ken Perry, a software engineer who has worked at APH since 2008, is one of the employees who are blind or visually impaired and play a significant role … Continued

Juggling the College Experience: It’s About Time

Editor’s note: This post was written by  Kathleen “Kat” DeNicola Accommodations Manager, Disability Access Center at Western Washington University   There are many things that are overwhelming about being new to the college experience, one being somehow fitting in time to do multiple assignments with multiple deadlines in multiple classes while still making time to eat, sleep, relax and have fun. Time management … Continued

Blind and Low Vision Students Explore Careers in 21st Century Transportation

Editor’s note: This blog was written by Shannon McVoy, Transition Services Manager of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)  Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) has been nurturing collaborative partnerships with community services and local employers to create innovative and engaging Pre-Employment Transition Services programming that is both educational and fun. Michigan’s 21st Century Transportation: Careers for Students Blind and Visually Impaired program was made possible through partnership … Continued

Join The Conversation!

What is the National Transition Conversation? The National Transition Conversation (NTC) is a centralized forum for practitioners whose primary goal is working with transition-age teens and young adults who are blind or have low-vision. Offered through the APH ConnectCenter. The National Transition Conversation hosts: Essentially, the NTC is both a community meeting and an online … Continued