When Blindness Isn’t the Only Barrier in Dog Guide Training

Editor’s note: Alexis Read shares her journey to finding a dog guide school that tailored training and tools to her specific abilities as a woman with low vision and additional disabilities. When Blindness Isn’t the Only Barrier in Dog Guide Training  I was born with a visual impairment and other disabilities that affected me physically … Continued

APH Huntington:  A Program to Enhance Resources and Outcomes for a Rural Area

Editor’s note: APH Huntington recognizes the barriers to accessing services for those who are blind or low vision living in rural areas. Lee Huffman, APH Huntington’s Senior Strategist of Accessible Technology and Community Outreach, shares how the program is enhancing resources and outcomes for the local community of Huntington, West Virginia. APH Huntington:  A Program … Continued

Handling a Dog Guide in College: My Experience and Tips

Dog guides are exciting orientation and mobility (O&M) aids with some extra personality and love. Using a dog guide can give a person who is blind or low vision a level of independence they might not have experienced before, not to mention the dog can become a best friend. Getting a dog guide in college … Continued

Five Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Skills to “Pack” for College Life 

It’s here again –summer! Many students are excitedly anticipating and planning for the possibilities that the next couple of months may hold. Freedom from the normal routine and deadlines. A break from learning and review…right? If you’re a recent high school graduate, you may want to consider working in a little (or a lot) of … 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

APH ConnectCenter’s Transition Hub: Resources to Empower and Equip You for Adulthood

Are you a transition-age student or young adult who’s blind or visually impaired and wants to pursue college or career transition services or programs? Believe it or not, summer is around the corner, ready for a sneak attack; now is the perfect time to investigate summer pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) and programs. You can search … Continued

Teens, Are You Strapped for Cash? Start Planning for a Summer Job 

Want to earn cash this summer, prepare for adulthood, and be part of a team? Yes, you say? Then it’s time to look for summer work.   To start, consider the needs in your neck of the woods.   Orlando was my home during my high school years; as you can imagine, theme parks and restaurants required … Continued

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