Is It the Season to Transition to Telework as an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired?

Dreadful COVID-19 ushered substantial heartache, fear, trials, and deviations to our routines—an enormously wearisome season to be sure. But its wake hasn’t been wholly abysmal. Have you recognized the response to COVID opened the door to normalizing and expanding telework opportunities? If you’re keen on the benefits of working remotely part- or full-time, and if … Continued

Happy Holidays and Happy Mentoring to You!

With the holiday season in full swing, and perhaps a wee bit of free time (said in my best Irish accent). Have you considered devoting a few hours of your holiday reprieve to guiding and shaping younger or less experienced individuals who are also blind or visually impaired? Perhaps it’s time to reach out and provide encouragement and counsel as … Continued

Introducing Payton Polk, STEAM Student and APH-Papano Scholarship Recipient for 2021

Introducing Payton Polk, STEAM Student and APH-Papano Scholarship Recipient for 2021  In June of 2021, APH announced a new scholarship for students who are blind or visually impaired! The Peter Papano-APH STEM Scholarship is offered for students living in California and planning on pursuing post-secondary education at a California college or university and majoring in a STEM subject area. This blog highlights Payton Polk, one of three recipients of The Peter Papano-APH STEM Scholarship. Congratulations Payton!  APH: Hi Payton! … Continued

It’s NDEAM: Let’s Look Back, Advocate, and Plan for Gainful Employment

Hello, October, arguably the most magnificent month—not only because of the sensational scents, sights, and sips of fall but also because October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NDEAM for short. In celebration: We stop and remember. We educate others. We plan and gear up for gainful employment.  Why? Because, as is the 2021 NDEAM theme, America’s recovery is powered by inclusion. Let’s propel our country forward.  And because any individual who wants to be gainfully employed should be, which of course includes those who are blind … Continued

Zoom Considerations for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Zoom interviews. Zoom conferences. Zoom meetings. Zoom classes. Zoom assemblies. Zoom consultations. Zoom gatherings. Zoom appointments. The world is entering Zoomtopia, so it’s about time we address considerations for those who are blind or visually impaired. Because, though the meetings aren’t in-person, they’re still face-to-face, and should be prepared for and accommodated as such. Here’s … Continued

Intimidated, but Proceeding Regardless, as a Professional Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Time and again we are face-to-face with that which is intimidating on the employment journey—how true! From initially choosing a career and preparing for it, to walking into nerve-wracking interviews, beginning a new job, assuming additional responsibilities, recovering from mistakes or “failures”, learning up-to-date technology, and taking calculated risks to advance in the career, there … Continued

Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Workspace as a Professional Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

COVID has us all germ-conscious, and for good reason. I vividly remember round after round of sicknesses passing through my former workplaces, and I can only imagine COVID wreaking the same or worse havoc. But no matter the virus or bacteria threatening to bring us down, whether COVID, the flu, stomach bug, or even a common cold, let’s establish a battle-ready defense by maintaining a clean and hygienic workspace.   According to Cleaning, … 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

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