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

Hearts for Sight: A Nonprofit Inspired by One Man’s Quest for Self-Improvement  

Joseph Burton knows what a significant difference it can make in someone’s life when they have the support and encouragement they need. That’s because he spent the first 15 years of his life struggling to find the kind of love and guidance so many young people have. And it’s his own experience that ultimately motivated … Continued

Power Up Your Work Performance With Regular, Enjoyable Exercise!

Power Up Your Work Performance with Regular, Enjoyable Exercise!  Thirty minutes ago I was dragging myself along—hey, it’s early morning! —but I am currently rejuvenated, alert, and energized. Why the stark contrast? [I promise it’s not caffeine!] I powered through Pilates, as I do every weekday morning. Pilates is a full-body exercise similar to yoga … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 1 A hands-on approach to summer activities for blind kids

Here at APH CareerConnect we focus on getting ready for life after high school.  We offer lots of resources and webinars to develop pre-employment experiences and building employment skills. But we also realize that having a life of quality is about so much more than what job you have or what you do at work.  We know that recreation and leisure and … Continued

Show up, step up and Speak up: having conversations that are real, engaging, and productive in the workplace and beyond

by Alison Steven About 11 years ago my eyesight had deteriorated to the point where I quit trying to bluff my way through life and turned to the state blind agency for help. On my tour of the Assessment and Training Center I asked the questions that I had been struggling with most at the time: how did they deal with social situations as blind people? What did they do when joining a room of people mingling … 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

Young National Champion Horseback Rider Who Is Legally Blind Brings It In Competition

APH CareerConnect loves to share the accomplishments of people who are blind or visually impaired and this story is a wonderfully uncommon and individual success. Rachel Sanchez is a 16-year-old girl who became legally blind after being struck in the head by a bullet at age 5. In November, she won the United Professional Horsemen’s … Continued

As an Individual Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired, Is Your Communication Style Passive, Aggressive, or Assertive?

Do you find yourself getting walked over far too frequently? Do others see you as a doormat or pushover? Perhaps you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and you often demand your way. Maybe you don’t quite know where you fit on the continuum. Situations arise daily involving the opportunity to assert one’s concerns, … Continued

The Key to Improving Relationships on the Job When You Have a Visual Impairment or Blindness

I find myself an observer of social behavior. I am inherently curious to note what makes relationships, personal or work related, flourish. I notice some individuals are eager to feel validated by the esteem of others. They are driven to gain popularity and importance by showcasing their strengths and successes, ad nauseam. Additionally, these individuals … Continued

Pursue Your Passion! Career Exploration Advice for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

I’m a photographer on the side. Four years ago I purchased my first DSLR (or high quality digital camera), ferociously unpacked it, and clicked away. Practically non-stop. Seriously, to the extreme. I saw those rolled eyes when I daily opened my camera bag. I took the camera everywhere! I uploaded the digital files to my … Continued