Game On: Networking Your Way to Becoming a Brave and Brilliant Professional

There comes a time in our lives when trekking out of our social comfort zone becomes crucial in order to bring about one’s personal and professional goals. Online research and studies show that networking skills are among one of the best means of meeting people with similar interests as well as seeking employment. My own experience with networking, first … Continued

There is Greatness Inside of You

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

We are excited to announce the release of the first video in a series from the American Printing House for the Blind’s ConnectCenter, congratulating the graduating class of 2020! This video series is packed with successful people who are blind or visually impaired from various professions. During my seven years working with and managing CareerConnect, … Continued

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Advising Tracey West and Scholastic on Dragon Masters: The Call of the Sound Dragon

Besides writing some pieces for the American Printing House for the Blind, I spend most of my time working with entertainment programs regarding shows that involve blindness. On occasion, publishers and writers reach out to me on projects like books, stories, and articles involving blindness. When it comes to my work in the entertainment industry, … Continued

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How a Passion for Languages Led to an Interpreting Career and International Life

From childhood, Elizabeth Sammons knew that she had a talent for language. She would weep when listening to a foreign-language film, so passionate was her desire to know what people were saying. Living in a small town in Ohio, she had little opportunity to develop this until studying high school French. Additionally, her family cultivated … Continued

Walking the Employment Talk

What Would You Think About Hiring a Person with a Disability? What if the next person who walked in the door to interview for a position in your company walked in using a white cane? Explained that they used a screen magnifier on their computer, or pulled out a handheld magnifier to read some of … Continued

Finding a Job When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Christine Ha is a blind chef; Gary Vermeij is a blind biology professor; Joleen Ferguson is a visually impaired physical therapist, and Bernie Vinther is a blind machinist. How about you—what is your anticipated career? In what field are you highly motivated to work? Whether you’re still in school and in the early stages of … Continued

Christina Holtzclaw Uses Her Career to Empower People with Disabilities

For the last 14 years, Christina Holtzclaw has worked tirelessly at the Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living in Rome, Georgia. This nonprofit organization assists individuals of all ages who have all types of disabilities and helps them reach their goals of living independently. They serve 15 counties, and the majority of the staff are … Continued

Traveling an Unfamiliar Route and Taking a Risk as a Person Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Suppose you’ve graduated your orientation and mobility lessons and you’ve successfully mastered a handful of routes. You can get from home to work and back, to Starbucks and back (because let’s face it, this route is perhaps the most vital), to the gym and back, and to the grocery store and back. You and the … Continued