APH ConnectCenter Success Stories: Videos and Blogs: Lights, Camera, Action!

APH CareerConnect is excited to be spotlighting successful blind people at work. Join us as we highlight professional job and explore everything from ordinary to out-of-this-world careers held by blind people from all walks of life. Whether you are interested in finding out about a career in Information technology, STEM, teaching, counseling, or something else, we’ve got your ticket to a front row seat. Get ready to hear directly from blind and low vision professionals from all … Continued

Applying and Interviewing, Not Far Off from Dating

By Joe Strechay I am excited to be writing for the American Printing House for the Blind. If you don’t know me, I’m Joe Strechay and I love to share my insights about employment, life, and pop culture from my perspective as a professional who is blind. I recently watched Too Hot to Handle on Netflix (for mature audiences and … Continued

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM): From Passive to Proactive!

As we embrace the cooler nights of autumn and our thoughts turn to apple cider and perhaps pumpkin pie, a 31-day event graces us with its presence each October when we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  Marked with a Presidential proclamation and observances from coast to coast, why do we pay so much … Continued

How a Passion for Languages Led to an Interpreting Career and International Life

From childhood, Elizabeth Sammons knew that she had a talent for language. She would weep when listening to a foreign-language film, so passionate was her desire to know what people were saying. Living in a small town in Ohio, she had little opportunity to develop this until studying high school French. Additionally, her family cultivated … Continued

Walking the Employment Talk

What Would You Think About Hiring a Person with a Disability? What if the next person who walked in the door to interview for a position in your company walked in using a white cane? Explained that they used a screen magnifier on their computer, or pulled out a handheld magnifier to read some of … Continued

Finding a Job When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Christine Ha is a blind chef; Gary Vermeij is a blind biology professor; Joleen Ferguson is a visually impaired physical therapist, and Bernie Vinther is a blind machinist. How about you—what is your anticipated career? In what field are you highly motivated to work? Whether you’re still in school and in the early stages of … Continued

Christina Holtzclaw Uses Her Career to Empower People with Disabilities

For the last 14 years, Christina Holtzclaw has worked tirelessly at the Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living in Rome, Georgia. This nonprofit organization assists individuals of all ages who have all types of disabilities and helps them reach their goals of living independently. They serve 15 counties, and the majority of the staff are … Continued

Traveling an Unfamiliar Route and Taking a Risk as a Person Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Suppose you’ve graduated your orientation and mobility lessons and you’ve successfully mastered a handful of routes. You can get from home to work and back, to Starbucks and back (because let’s face it, this route is perhaps the most vital), to the gym and back, and to the grocery store and back. You and the … Continued

Job Applications Inquiring About a Driver’s License? Discriminatory—Here’s Why

"Hello ma’am, are you hiring," one can ask relentlessly around town; ‘Job opening in _______ field’ one can type in the search bar and scour the web with more intensity than a private detective. When determined to find a position, the hunt is on for an assortment of job applications in hard copy and electronic … Continued

Job Applications Inquiring About a Driver’s License? Discriminatory—Here’s Why

"Hello ma’am, are you hiring," one can ask relentlessly around town; ‘Job opening in _______ field’ one can type in the search bar and scour the web with more intensity than a private detective. When determined to find a position, the hunt is on for an assortment of job applications in hard copy and electronic … Continued