APH Announces STEM Scholarship Winners

APH is proud to award scholarships to students who are blind or low vision, supporting them in pursuit of higher education. Recognizing the growing demand for people with skills in advanced technologies – and how viable those fields are for people who are blind or low vision – APH’s 2022 scholarships focus on aspects of … Continued

5 Tips for Accessing Accommodations in College 

Thirty-two years ago on July 26th, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. A hard-fought battle for equal access for those with disabilities culminated in the passage of this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation, and the law was a huge victory for the disabled community. While the ADA offers … Continued

Handling a Dog Guide in College: My Experience and Tips

Dog guides are exciting orientation and mobility (O&M) aids with some extra personality and love. Using a dog guide can give a person who is blind or low vision a level of independence they might not have experienced before, not to mention the dog can become a best friend. Getting a dog guide in college … Continued

Advocating for Your Rights as a College Student

“Advocate!” “Speak up!” “Fight for your education!” Those were the words that flooded my mind as my first semester of college approached. In the years leading up to my high school graduation, my family members, teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI), orientation and mobility instructors, and mentors stressed the importance of advocacy to me … Continued

The 2022 National Coding Symposium: An opportunity to explore career options

Sean Plumer learned so much about potential careers in computer coding and programming at the 2021 APH National Coding Symposium, he’s already signed up for this year’s event, which runs May 9-13, 2022 online.  A 17-year-old junior in high school, Sean has been interested in computer coding since before he began losing his vision in … Continued

There’s an App for That: Preparing Your Child Who’s Blind or Visually Impaired for a Successful Transition to Adulthood (The 4to24 App)

Editor’s Note: Recognizing that planning for life after high school starts early for students and youth with blindness and low vision, the APH ConnectCenter shares resources on both APH FamilyConnect and APH CareerConnect.  Along with our curated resources, Mississippi State University’s National Technical Assistance on Blindness and Low Vision created one such tool: the 4to24 … Continued

Preparing Your Student for Success in the Computer Coding Field

Computer programmers, coders, create websites and apps that keep us connected in an electronic world. Coding is a solid career choice and one that’s particularly well-suited to people who are blind or visually impaired. To support awareness of career opportunities in computer science and programming for blind and low-vision youth, the APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National Coding Symposium for students May … 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

Gearing Up for Success: Exploring Career Possibilities with Vocational Rehabilitation Services!

In a previous blog post (Game On!  Networking Your Way To Becoming A Brave And Brilliant Professional) we discussed some first steps to take when spreading your wings and knowing what it takes to network: meeting and engaging with peers and other professionals. In this post we will explore the wealth or resources that exist … Continued