This summer, 12 high school students with visual impairments embark on a journey of self-discovery.
The Foundation for Blind Children Teen to Work summer transition program is a five week program where students receive training in job readiness, orientation & mobility, daily living, assistive technology and orientation and adjustment to disability. It’s a jam-packed summer for the students to gain real life experience working and living on their own.
Once they receive training in job readiness, they get to practice the skills in paid internships out in the community. Job coaches go with them to the placements to make sure everything is going well. Most of our job coaches are current college students or recent graduates who also have a visual impairment and have graduated from the program. They are fantastic role models that understand what it takes to successfully complete the program.
The program is not all just about classes and work. We offer many exciting recreational activities that are designed to challenge the students to step outside their comfort zone and build confidence. Some of the activities include horseback riding, camping, indoor sky diving and stand-up paddle boarding, just to name a few. If you know of someone who can benefit from this program or would like information, please contact Cody Alvarez, Youth & Family Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-678-5817.