Perkins’ Compass Program Prepares Students for College Success

This nine-month virtual learning experience focuses on individual needs. By Amy Lynn Smith It should come as no surprise that Perkins School for the Blind – one of the best-known and most highly respected educational institutions in the world for students who are visually impaired and those who teach them – encourages students to reach … 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

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 4: Cake

Editor’s Note: In the fourth and final installment of our four-part blog series; Jovany Barba, a first-generation Latinx American, shares the experience of navigating the tensions between their parents’, teachers’, and own expectations of transition and independence. Read the full article here  When I think of food and celebrations that depict a transition in time, such as Quinceañeras, weddings, and graduations, I picture the intricate layered … Continued

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 3: Leafy Vegetables

Editor’s note: This blog, written by: Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, is the third of a four-part blog series. This piece features the narrative of a Chinese American youth finding balance between her parents expecting her to attend college immediately upon graduation and her teachers encouraging her to first master independent living and blindness skills. The APH ConnectCenter wants to thank all the authors for sharing their stories with … Continued

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 2: A Cup of Coffee

Editor’s Note: In the second installment of our four-part blog series, Daisy the daughter of Mexican immigrants shares her experience of wrestling with forging a path forward when her parents expected her to stay near the family but her teachers expected her to pursue a more independent lifestyle. Read the full article here  Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural … Continued

Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table, Part 1: Why it Matters

Editor’s note: Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The Transition Table was written by: Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Daisy Soto, and Jovany Barba. In Part 1: Why It Matters, the authors explore the importance of taking diversity into consideration during transition planning for blind and low-vision youth. Click here to read the full article.  Bread, Rice, or Tostada: Cultural Inclusion at The … Continued

Preparing Your Student for Success in the Computer Coding Field

Computer programmers, coders, create websites and apps that keep us connected in an electronic world. Coding is a solid career choice and one that’s particularly well-suited to people who are blind or visually impaired. To support awareness of career opportunities in computer science and programming for blind and low-vision youth, the APH ConnectCenter and California College for the Blind are co-hosting the free, virtual 2021 National Coding Symposium for students May … Continued

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Summer: Part 2 Summer Jobs

Spring is here! If you’re like me, you might be thinking about spring break, March Madness, and the Final Four. Plenty of you are also planning end of semester projects and trying to figure out what your summer is going to look like. This a great time to start thinking about some work experience. A … Continued

APH ConnectCenter Success Stories: Videos and Blogs: Lights, Camera, Action!

APH CareerConnect is excited to be spotlighting successful blind people at work. Join us as we highlight professional job and explore everything from ordinary to out-of-this-world careers held by blind people from all walks of life. Whether you are interested in finding out about a career in Information technology, STEM, teaching, counseling, or something else, we’ve got your ticket to a front row seat. Get ready to hear directly from blind and low vision professionals from all … Continued

Blind and Low Vision Students Explore Careers in 21st Century Transportation

Editor’s note: This blog was written by Shannon McVoy, Transition Services Manager of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)  Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) has been nurturing collaborative partnerships with community services and local employers to create innovative and engaging Pre-Employment Transition Services programming that is both educational and fun. Michigan’s 21st Century Transportation: Careers for Students Blind and Visually Impaired program was made possible through partnership … Continued