In the United States, approximately seventy-five percent (75%) of working age blind adults are unable to maintain gainful employment. In the population of children born with blindness that number rises to about ninety percent (90%). (American Foundation for the Blind)
As a priority focus and to address this dire situation, CVI offers specific, relevant, training through Vocational Rehabilitation Services. These services are our Job Readiness Training and Job Placement Services. The services give visually impaired and blind adults, who are seeking employment, the tools and strategies to achieve their own professional goals. To graduate from this program, students must meet minimum requirements in the areas of Independent Living, Assistive Technology and Orientation and Mobility and be prepared to accept the opportunity of One on One “Adjustment to Blindness” Rehabilitation Counseling.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Program trains persons with visional impairments on how to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining or returning to employment.
Participants must be referred by the Division of Blind Services and a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation plan is developed to incorporate goals and identify needs.
Sessions are conducted year round, are 5 weeks in length and average 4-6 people per class. Instruction can also be provided in the client’s home.
Since the program's inception in May 2010, 65% of graduates have been placed in work experience, internships, referred to additional training programs or obtained full-time employment. 50% of the young adult students have transitioned on to college.
Training includes instruction in the following areas:
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