Preparing Your Student for Success in the Computer Coding Field

Computer programmers, coders, create websites and apps that keep us connected in an electronic world. Coding is a solid career choice and one that’s particularly well-suited to people who are blind or visually impaired. To support awareness of career opportunities in computer science and programming for blind and low-vision youth, the APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National Coding Symposium for students May … Continued

Pursuing a Career in Computer Coding? Here Are Some Smart Strategies

Whether you’re already interested in the computer coding field – creating websites and apps – or are considering a career move, there are some wise ways to set yourself apart from other applicants. To support blind and low-vison youth learning more about computer science as a career path, the APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National … Continued

Transitions: On Going Blind and Growing Up: My Journey with Low Vision

Editor’s note: At the age of 11, Emmet Teran was featured in the documentary film, Going Blind by Joe Lovett.  Emmet was 13 In 2010 when the film was released and in this blog Emmet shares how this experience changed his life. At time that Joe Lovett first approached my dad and I about the … Continued

Success Story: Tai Tomasi: Championing Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion for Herself and Others

When you grow up as one of 27 children adopted from all over the world, embracing diversity comes naturally. That’s certainly true for APH’s Director of Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion, Tai Tomasi (she/her/hers), J.D., M.P.A., who joined APH in January 2021.  Blind since birth, she considers herself fortunate to have grown up in a family … Continued

Technology in the Workplace–All People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Use It: The NRTC is Hoping to Tell Us How

For people who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI) to be competitive in the labor market, they must have digital proficiency. Digital proficiency requires people to have access technology skills. Access technology (AT) includes both traditional assistive technologies created for people who are B/VI (e.g., screen reader) and mainstream technology with built-in accessibility features (e.g., … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 2 Summer Jobs

Spring is here! If you’re like me, you might be thinking about spring break, March Madness, and the Final Four. Plenty of you are also planning end of semester projects and trying to figure out what your summer is going to look like. This a great time to start thinking about some work experience. A … Continued

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it? What comes next?

by Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD and David Bradburn, AT Specialist, HumanWare Editor’s note: Join us on March 31, 2021, @ 1:00 pm (EST), for the first a series of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will discuss the importance of routine eye exams, low vision exams, and showcase low vision devices.  For people with low … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 1 A hands-on approach to summer activities for blind kids

Here at APH CareerConnect we focus on getting ready for life after high school.  We offer lots of resources and webinars to develop pre-employment experiences and building employment skills. But we also realize that having a life of quality is about so much more than what job you have or what you do at work.  We know that recreation and leisure and … Continued

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