Dog Guides in the Workplace: Maximizing independence on the job

It was nearly 13 years ago when I picked up the harness and I was forever a changed person. Throughout my career as a rehabilitation counselor and later the statewide transition specialist for blind services in California, one of the essential functions of my job was to travel up and down the state conducting outreach and hosting seminars in front of audiences often in large auditoriums.  Initially, my understanding … Continued

Conquering College: Activating your campus tools

Lessons learned the hard way:  In the first blog of this two-part series I wrote about planning and perseverance and that theme carries into this post: You can check out Part 1 here. Not only was I the first person in my immediate family to attend college and graduate, I did so as a blind Latino living in southern California. As with many high school students, dinner … 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

Experience Drives Inspiration for the Future: Reflecting Back on My Inspiration from the FSU Visual Disabilities Program

As I prepare for the Florida Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Conference in Tallahassee, Florida, I started thinking about the inspiration that brought me to APH CareerConnect. I did my graduate work at Florida State University, and the conference is combined with a celebration of the 50th anniversary … Continued

Sharing the Latest News: APH CareerConnect Connections Newsletter

In case you are not subscribed to our “Connections” list, we wanted to share the latest scoop with you. APH CareerConnect has not done a newsletter in a long time, but it felt like it was time to let you all know what is going on. You may not have known that APH CareerConnect launched … Continued

Newly Reorganized “Our Stories” Section Has Launched: Find Success Stories by Career Cluster and More!

Hello CareerConnect Friends, APH CareerConnect has been busily preparing to launch the reorganized “Our Stories” section. The section has always been packed with tons of great success stories about mentors and other persons who are blind or visually impaired. Now, you will be able to find stories of interest by career field and other categories … Continued