Thriving With Changing Vision by Adapting Year After Year

Zelda Gebhard doesn’t identify as a person with low vision, because she’s so much more than that. “I’m a whole person,” she says. “Along with my career, I’m a wife, I’m a mother and a grandmother. I have a full life with interests and hobbies. I’m not that much different than a person who doesn’t … Continued

Career Conversations: One Year of Interviewing Professionals who are Blind or Low Vision

What if I told you there’s a place you can listen to individuals who are blind or low vision share about their current employment and how they prepared for it? There, you can ask your pressing questions—how did they know the career field is what they wanted to pursue; how did they navigate disclosing blindness/ … Continued

Second Acts: From Programmer to Braille Transcriptionist

Steve Dresser had a solid career working for 30 years as a computer programmer for the state of Connecticut. But after he retired from the position in 2002, he started his own business: Jennco Productions, which is dedicated to producing high-quality braille materials from electronic documents. Blind since birth due to retinopathy of prematurity, Steve … Continued

Joe Strechay Helps Actors and Production Teams Accurately Portray Blindness

Joe Strechay has the kind of career many people dream about: working in the entertainment business. His job? Making sure that blindness is represented accurately, especially by actors who are sighted. Born with retinitis pigmentosa, Joe later developed cataracts and has been legally blind since he was 19. He’s always been interested in media and … Continued

Orientation & Mobility: Helping People who are Blind or Low Vision Lead Their Best Lives

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) training is essential so people who are blind or low vision can move through life independently at every age. O&M specialists are trained to help people “know where they are in space and get where they want to go safely,” says Kassandra Maloney, an O&M specialist and founder of Allied Independence, … Continued

Transition to College: Program Activity Guide for Students who are Blind or Low Vision

Editor’s note: Do you work with students who are blind or low vision? Do you want to empower them to prepare for college or career school? Check out Alicia Wolfe’s updated blog on the Transition to College: Program Activity Guide for Students who are Blind or Low Vision. Additionally, tune in to APH ConnectCenter’s next … Continued

Suitable and Stylish Work Attire

Editor’s note:  For National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we look at developing a work wardrobe that is not only appropriate for your workplace, but also affords you the opportunity to express your confidence, and if you so choose, fashion-forwardness. Suitable and Stylish Work Attire You landed the job (Congratulations!) and you’re wondering what you’ll … Continued

Beyond Letters: The Spirit and Inspiration of the ADA

In the first blog in my Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) series, I introduced readers to the story of Chelsie Reid, a student in early childhood education who was having a hard time getting the practical child care hours required for her program.  In a purely literal sense, the Americans with Disabilities Act has nothing … Continued

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Denna Lambert’s 19 Years at NASA

Denna Lambert CC Editor’s note: In Celebration of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we interviewed Denna Lambert who started her career at NASA right after college – and has continued evolving into new and exciting roles with the agency, including becoming the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) lead for NASA’s Early Stage … Continued