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

Perkins’ Compass Program Prepares Students for College Success

This nine-month virtual learning experience focuses on individual needs. By Amy Lynn Smith It should come as no surprise that Perkins School for the Blind – one of the best-known and most highly respected educational institutions in the world for students who are visually impaired and those who teach them – encourages students to reach … 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

Transitioning Students from High School to Adulthood Takes Training and Teamwork

By Amy Lynn Smith Professionals and parents of students who are visually impaired all have a part to play in preparing them for success.  This post is also available on APH FamilyConnect. For people who are blind or visually impaired, nearly anything is possible – provided no one tells them it isn’t. One high school … 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

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 4: Cake

Editor’s Note: In the fourth and final installment of our four-part blog series; Jovany Barba, a first-generation Latinx American, shares the experience of navigating the tensions between their parents’, teachers’, and own expectations of transition and independence. Read the full article here  When I think of food and celebrations that depict a transition in time, such as Quinceañeras, weddings, and graduations, I picture the intricate layered … Continued

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 3: Leafy Vegetables

Editor’s note: This blog, written by: Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, is the third of a four-part blog series. This piece features the narrative of a Chinese American youth finding balance between her parents expecting her to attend college immediately upon graduation and her teachers encouraging her to first master independent living and blindness skills. The APH ConnectCenter wants to thank all the authors for sharing their stories with … Continued