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

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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.

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.
EnVision Work EnVision is a pilot initiative of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. The purpose of EnVision Work is to increase employment of individuals with visual impairment. Participants will increase their understanding of proven employment strategies, increase their knowledge of resources, and develop an expanded network on individuals to help meet their goals.
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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