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

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

Editor’s note: Join us on June 15, 2021, @ 12:30 pm (EST), for the second of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will provide an overview of assistive technology and services that help people with low vision perform everyday tasks. Using the state of Massachusetts as an example, the presenters will illustrate the needs, available services, and funding for 3 different groups, namely: … 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

Pursuing a Career in Computer Coding? Here Are Some Smart Strategies

Whether you’re already interested in the computer coding field – creating websites and apps – or are considering a career move, there are some wise ways to set yourself apart from other applicants. To support blind and low-vison youth learning more about computer science as a career path, the APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National … Continued

Transitions: On Going Blind and Growing Up: My Journey with Low Vision

Editor’s note: At the age of 11, Emmet Teran was featured in the documentary film, Going Blind by Joe Lovett.  Emmet was 13 In 2010 when the film was released and in this blog Emmet shares how this experience changed his life. At time that Joe Lovett first approached my dad and I about the … Continued

Success Story: Tai Tomasi: Championing Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion for Herself and Others

When you grow up as one of 27 children adopted from all over the world, embracing diversity comes naturally. That’s certainly true for APH’s Director of Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion, Tai Tomasi (she/her/hers), J.D., M.P.A., who joined APH in January 2021.  Blind since birth, she considers herself fortunate to have grown up in a family … Continued

Achieving Career Confidence: It all started at summer camp

Growing up with a visual impairment had its challenges, yet it also provided me with far reaching opportunities that ultimately helped me plan, prepare and become the professional I am today. There are hundreds of childhood experiences that I can draw upon which have influenced and guided me to my career path. However, one theme … Continued