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

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College Transition Resources | Rhode Island Agencies and Resources| National Agencies and Resources
Resource Guide: (WORD) 96 kb | (PDF ) 1.21 MB

Career Exploration Resources
Career Advantage for V.I.P.s Career Advantage for V.I.P.s: An Employment Preparation Primer for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Career Advantage offers eight instructional modules which you can explore at your own pace.
CareerConnect® CareerConnect is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. CareerConnect presents employment information, career exploration tools, and extensive job seeking guidance for students and adults with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
My Next Move A website that helps job seekers explore what they want to do for a living. You can browse careers by industry or complete an interest inventory to help you decide what careers you might like to explore.
O*NET Online O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers.
Way to Go RI Sponsored by the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, this interactive web-site helps students with career and college planning. Students can create a portfolio to help with future career transitions.
Where the Blind Work? This NFB website provides personal accounts of the various types of employment that the blind are engaged in, how they do it, how the person enters the field, and what positive influences helped the person to achieve their goal.
411 Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.

College Transition Resources
Perkins Scout: Postsecondary Education for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired This list of resources provides invaluable information, advice, and encouragement for students contemplating college. Most of the sites are specific to the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired, but there is information for those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness as well.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Results of a survey of 23 adults who are blind and vision impaired who have had at least some college experience and dealt with challenges in higher education. Participants in the survey provide their input on how upcoming college students can best prepare themselves for a smooth transition.
American Federation for the Blind: Preparation for College A short article that focuses on the specifics of what has to happen in the last two to three years of high school in order to make a smooth transition to college.
Post Secondary Education Calendar for Students Who Are Blind Visually Impaired This calendar was designed to assist students in taking appropriate steps to make their college selection, and to be adequately prepared to successfully transition to postsecondary education.
Transitions? Reflections of a Blind College Student This article was written by a blind college student reflecting on areas he struggled with during transition to college and advice for other students with visual impairments considering college.
Transition: A Guide for Parents and Students A very comprehensive Transition Guide for Students with Visual Impairments. Chapter 4 (starting on page 22) has a complete list out lining the major differences in the laws that cover special education in high school versus college. It also contains a lengthy list of potential scholarship opportunities specifically for students with visual impairments.
Allegheny College Student Disability Services A great article that offers tips for both college students with visual impairments and the professors instructing them. Also includes a list of suggested accommodations, accommodations for administering tests and tips for maintaining positive communication between the college student and their instructors.
The Transition to College for Students with Visual Impairments Technical Report A lengthy but extremely informative technical report which identifies skills, knowledge, and steps necessary for students with visual impairments to enter college and to complete course work and training. Information was collected from students with visual impairments who were enrolled in college and who had "survived" their freshmen year. These students offer their insights and thoughts about succeeding in the college environment. Additional information was gathered from college administrators about their programs for students with visual impairments.

Rhode Island Agencies and Resources
A Consumer's Guide to Rhode Island State Vocational Rehabilitation Services A publication published by the RI Disability Law Center to help consumers understand the vocational rehabilitation (VR) system and their rights as a VR client.
INSIGHT INSIGHT offers a variety programs and services to anyone who is blind or visually impaired.
National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island The NFB of Rhode Island is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.
PARI PARI is one of two Independent Living Centers in Rhode Island. PARI, located in Pawtucket, provides training, equipment, advocacy, and counseling to individuals with disabilities.
Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) OSCIL is one of two Independent Living Centers in Rhode Island. OSCIL, located in Warwick, provides information and referral, advocacy, assessment services, and a range of other services designed to support independent living.
Office of Rehabilitation Service (ORS) Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community.
Rhode Island Disability Law Center Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) provides free legal assistance to persons with disabilities. Services include individual representation to protect rights or to secure benefits and services; self-help information; educational programs; and administrative and legislative advocacy. The agency administers eight federally funded advocacy programs, each of which has its own eligibility criteria.
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) The RIPTA website provides information on public bus schedules and maps, passes and fares, and other transportation resources.
RIVESP Pathways Newsletter Pathways is an electronic newsletter for teachers, parents, students, and anyone interested in what's going on with services and activities for students with visual impairments in RI.
Serve Rhode Island Serve Rhode Island is a website that provides a volunteer database with summaries of nonprofit organizations and postings for volunteer opportunities.
TechACCESS of RI TechACCESS of RI is a non-profit resource center that serves people with disabilities who are interested in assistive technology.

National Agencies and Resources
For parents of children with visual impairments
On FamilyConnect you will find videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.
Heath Resource Center, George Washington University Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) NCWD/Youth is a resource for information about employment and youth with disabilities for parents, youth, and youth service professionals.
National Federation of the Blind NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.
Perkins School for the Blind Perkins School for the Blind provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.
Perkins Scout: Transition for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired Web-based resources for students, parents, families, and professionals pertaining to transition from school to adult life.
The National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination.

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