It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day! How Will You Show Your Gratitude for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired?

Today is a day for honoring all teachers in the teaching profession and for recognizing the contributions they have made to the lives of their students. Anne Sullivan Macy, Helen Keller’s beloved teacher, once said, “No greater honor can be paid a teacher than the recognition of her work.” As a Teacher of the Visually … Continued

Is Asking for Help at Work As an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired a Sign of Weakness?

How many times this week have you (with a feeling of reluctance, a timid voice, and a cringe on your face) asked someone for help? I recently asked for help—that is, after I spent an hour attempting to troubleshoot a problem I had with my tablet. After I put my frustrations and stubbornness aside, I … Continued

Is Your Visual Impairment the Reason Why You Aren’t in the Workforce? It Shouldn’t Be.

Does the thought of someone asking you what you do for a living fill you with anxiety, stress, or embarrassment? If you’re currently unemployed, I imagine you’d like to avoid answering the question or change the topic of conversation. This might be especially true if you are at a social event with others who are … Continued

Is Your Visual Impairment the Reason Why You Aren’t in the Workforce? It Shouldn’t Be.

Does the thought of someone asking you what you do for a living fill you with anxiety, stress, or embarrassment? If you’re currently unemployed, I imagine you’d like to avoid answering the question or change the topic of conversation. This might be especially true if you are at a social event with others who are … Continued

Hey Teens with Visual Impairments, Looking for a Summer Job?

In less than two months, it will be June, school will end, and summer will be underway. Your friends and yes, even your teachers, will start their summer jobs. Will you? Let’s face it. You’re running out of time. The standard method of researching and applying for summer job openings can be time-consuming. It’s time … Continued

Preparing for an IEP Season that Yields a Refund (or Return) for Future Job Seekers

As a tax payer, I’m feeling the crunch of tax filing season. If you’re receiving a refund from the IRS, perhaps you are looking forward to the tax filing deadline on April 18th. However, if you owe the IRS more money, a sense of dread may best describe your feelings about the annual season and … Continued

Preparing a Checklist for Your Journey to College: A Book Every College Bound Student with Vision Loss Should Read

Going to college? If so, I have a challenge for you. Read the new book from AFB Press titled, College Bound: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition by Ellen Trief. If you are thinking, “I can’t possibly add one more task to my agenda this spring or summer”, re-consider. Trust me, I’ve … Continued

APH CareerConnect Launches the Transition to Work: Program Activity Guide

APH CareerConnect is proud to announce the addition of the Transition to Work: Program Activity Guide on the CareerConnect website. With the national implementation of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), states are working to increase pre-employment transition services to youth who are blind or visually impaired to assist them in accessing and succeeding … Continued

Calling All Transition Professionals and Providers to….Summit Up!

We all know it’s getting time for school to resume for students when we begin hearing the words “school supplies, stock up, deals for the entire family, uniforms and backpacks”, on television commercials. Perhaps you are amidst the frenzy now, preparing your children for another year of learning. Or perhaps you are enjoying the last … Continued

Calling All Transition Professionals and Providers to….Summit Up!

We all know it’s getting time for school to resume for students when we begin hearing the words “school supplies, stock up, deals for the entire family, uniforms and backpacks”, on television commercials. Perhaps you are amidst the frenzy now, preparing your children for another year of learning. Or perhaps you are enjoying the last … Continued