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

My SWEP Experience (Student Work Experience Program)  

by Daniel Blair Why take time away from my summer to go to SWEP?    As a visually impaired person, questions about independent living constantly arise! Whether it’s how I am going to succeed in my education and get a job that I love to do, or how I can learn to cook. There are many ways you … Continued

“Guide Dog” Summer Camps for Youth Who Are Blind or Low Vision

Are you a teen who is blind or low vision and is interested in utilizing (“handling”) a guide dog? If so, what an exciting goal! As much as you may want to jump right into the application and matching process, you aren’t eligible to handle a guide dog until equipped with the skills to do … Continued

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

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

Of Shorter Days & Brighter Nights: “Street Smart” for the Dark

Whether you are running down to the neighborhood Starbucks to fetch a tasty Frappuccino, or walking three-blocks to catch the school bus or heading home from your after-school job, chances are good that you are navigating your neighborhood pathways and street crossings. Autumn is in full swing.  For many of us, the sunset is already … Continued