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Life after High School: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments

Student Guide | Resources

Helping Your Student Prepare for Life and Work

Parent Guide: (WORD) 92 kb | (PDF ) 1.21 MB

The transition from high school to the world of work or higher education can be a challenging experience for young adults with visual impairments, and their families. Parenting a teenager is never easy, but when a young person is visually impaired, families often have additional concerns about the future, and what their children will be when they "grow up." Employment options are many and should not be limited by misconceptions, misinformation and low expectations. With some pro-active planning, you can help your young person begin moving toward the next stage of a productive life.

To help your student prepare for life as an independent adult, it's important that you expect him or her to be that person. Have the same expectations as you would for any other teen: that they will enter adulthood prepared, self-sufficient and ready to work. The potential for children with visual impairments to succeed depends a great deal on family expectations, education and training, and community support. Begin preparing early, no matter what your child plans to do after high school.

Here are some practical tips that you can share with your student to help them take charge of their future:
No matter what the plan for the future, your student with a visual impairment will need to:
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