Are You Prepared to Succeed in College As a Student Who Is Visually Impaired?

Once you graduate from high school, your adult life as an individual with vision loss begins; a life that will be shaped by the decisions you made in high school. After you receive your diploma and toss your cap, will you have a plan to succeed in the workforce and to fulfill your dreams as … Continued

Paying for College As a Student Who Is Visually Impaired

When you hear the words "college education," do you automatically think "cha-ching?" It’s quite normal to associate dollar signs with attending a post-secondary institution, especially as the costs of a college education continue to rise in our country. Unfortunately, many teenagers and adults with vision loss often assume college is not an affordable option for … Continued

Introducing the Transition to College: Program Activity Guide for Students with Visual Impairments

Across the nation, it’s a critical time of the year for teachers of students with visual impairments and other professionals responsible for providing services to students who are blind or visually impaired. We are actively engaged in a state of preparation and planning for our students as they begin their journeys into the new school … Continued

Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Are Employable; Helen Keller Is Proof

Two days ago, I returned an item to a retail store and had the pleasure of being assisted by an employee who was deaf-blind. Coincidentally, this week happens to be Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. I seized the opportunity to observe the employee work and immediately felt proud of him and thankful to the retail … Continued

It’s Officially Summertime! Don’t Let Your Productivity at Work Go on Vacation

It’s the 22nd of June and the dog days of summer are officially here! Bring on the mosquitos, barbecues, beach sand, air conditioning, flip flops, heatwaves, and for some employees, vacations! While many working citizens who are blind or visually impaired use the summer months to take time off from their jobs, not everyone is … Continued

Are Your Unemployment Challenges As a Person with Vision Loss Making You Bitter or Better? You Have a Choice.

Bitterness is a feeling many of us experience during our lives. Life can be hard; especially when it is not going as we’d like or planned. Challenges in life come in many forms such as financial problems, relationship issues, a disagreement at work, etc. Letting those challenges cause us to be resentful or angry is … Continued

Job Forecast for June: Employment Opportunities for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Did you hear about the job hiring forecast? It’s raining jobs! According to CareerBuilder, 45 percent of employers plan to hire permanent, full-time employees this quarter and nearly half of employers are hiring temporary workers over the next months. Contrary to the 2017 hurricane forecast, which projects an above average number of named storms this … Continued

Solutions or Excuses? Which Describes Your Actions As a Job Seeker or Employee Who Is Visually Impaired

The title of my blog may cause you to raise your brow. As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) working to prepare my students who are blind or visually impaired for the workforce, I find myself raising my brow when I hear excuses from students who choose not to locate or utilize known solutions … Continued