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

Five Social Skills to “Slay It” at Work

Editor’s note: It can be hard to “fit in” to the social scene at work, and harder still to learn the often-unsaid “rules” of connecting with co-workers in socially appropriate ways. That’s why Amanda Bernath brings you, teens and young adults who are blind or low vision, advice on upping your social skills savvy. I’ll … Continued

Are You Interested in a Career as a Sourcing Specialist?

Editor’s note: Are you interested in becoming a Sourcing Specialist? NSITE shares that they are once again offering a Sourcing Specialist Certificate Training Program for individuals who are blind or low vision; the application deadline for the next course, which begins September 27, is August 15.  Are You Interested in a Career as a Sourcing … Continued

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

High School Clubs Can Improve Your School Experience: A Teen Reflects

Entering high school can definitely be very nerve-wracking for anyone, including those of us who are blind or low vision. There are a lot of challenges you will face and moments that might be scary. But, trust me—you can improve your high school years. You can join programs and clubs that will make your high … 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

Beyond Vision: Creating Employment Opportunities and Building Confidence 

For people who are blind or low vision, opportunity is always knocking at Beyond Vision. The nonprofit organization creates employment and advancement opportunities for people who are blind or low vision through jobs and training. Some employees work for Beyond Vision or work in jobs the organization creates through its customers, while others build the … Continued

Advocating for Your Rights as a College Student

“Advocate!” “Speak up!” “Fight for your education!” Those were the words that flooded my mind as my first semester of college approached. In the years leading up to my high school graduation, my family members, teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI), orientation and mobility instructors, and mentors stressed the importance of advocacy to me … 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