Is a Guide Dog for You?

Editor’s Note: This post was written by VisionAware Peer Advisor, author and guide dog handler, DeAnna (Quietwater) Noriega. To learn more about the ins and outs of working with a guide dog, please join us for a Q&A panel discussion webinar on April 29, 2021 at 3:00PM ET. Click here to learn more and register. … Continued

Technology in the Workplace–All People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Use It: The NRTC is Hoping to Tell Us How

For people who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI) to be competitive in the labor market, they must have digital proficiency. Digital proficiency requires people to have access technology skills. Access technology (AT) includes both traditional assistive technologies created for people who are B/VI (e.g., screen reader) and mainstream technology with built-in accessibility features (e.g., … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 2 Summer Jobs

Spring is here! If you’re like me, you might be thinking about spring break, March Madness, and the Final Four. Plenty of you are also planning end of semester projects and trying to figure out what your summer is going to look like. This a great time to start thinking about some work experience. A … Continued

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it? What comes next?

by Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD and David Bradburn, AT Specialist, HumanWare Editor’s note: Join us on March 31, 2021, @ 1:00 pm (EST), for the first a series of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will discuss the importance of routine eye exams, low vision exams, and showcase low vision devices.  For people with low … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 1 A hands-on approach to summer activities for blind kids

Here at APH CareerConnect we focus on getting ready for life after high school.  We offer lots of resources and webinars to develop pre-employment experiences and building employment skills. But we also realize that having a life of quality is about so much more than what job you have or what you do at work.  We know that recreation and leisure and … Continued

Show up, step up and Speak up: having conversations that are real, engaging, and productive in the workplace and beyond

by Alison Steven About 11 years ago my eyesight had deteriorated to the point where I quit trying to bluff my way through life and turned to the state blind agency for help. On my tour of the Assessment and Training Center I asked the questions that I had been struggling with most at the time: how did they deal with social situations as blind people? What did they do when joining a room of people mingling … Continued

Dog Guides in the Workplace: Maximizing independence on the job

It was nearly 13 years ago when I picked up the harness and I was forever a changed person. Throughout my career as a rehabilitation counselor and later the statewide transition specialist for blind services in California, one of the essential functions of my job was to travel up and down the state conducting outreach and hosting seminars in front of audiences often in large auditoriums.  Initially, my understanding … Continued

Overcoming Adversity as a Blind Job Seeker During a Pandemic

My name is Paulina Vazquez. I am a recent college graduate with a background in Communications. I am currently seeking employment as a customer service representative.  Although I have several career goals. including working in the travel industry or working in public relations, I’m keeping my options open for any opportunities that come my way. I love … Continued

Juggling the College Experience: It’s About Time

Editor’s note: This post was written by  Kathleen “Kat” DeNicola Accommodations Manager, Disability Access Center at Western Washington University   There are many things that are overwhelming about being new to the college experience, one being somehow fitting in time to do multiple assignments with multiple deadlines in multiple classes while still making time to eat, sleep, relax and have fun. Time management … Continued