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TEEN TRANSITION PROGRAM
For Youth and Young Adults 14-22 Years of Age
Blindness can be a challenging condition, especially for teenagers who are going through significant changes in their lives. They may have to deal with the pressures of school, social relationships, and their future careers. Our teen transition program can help them navigate these challenges and prepare for a successful transition to adulthood.
SERVICES FOR THE TRANSITION PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Mobility training is an essential part of a teen transition program. It includes learning how to use a cane or guide dog to navigate the environment and travel safely. It also includes developing orientation and mobility skills, such as knowing how to cross streets, navigate public transportation, and travel independently.
Communication skills are crucial for success in school, work, and social settings. In a teen transition program for blind people, communication skills are taught through various methods, including Braille, speech, and assistive technology.
Self-advocacy skills are important for teenagers with visual impairment. It involves learning how to communicate their needs and preferences to others, including teachers, employers, and peers. It also involves learning how to assert their rights and make informed decisions about their lives.
In order for a blind teenager to achieve success, employment education is so essential. Our program includes vocational training and career development. This can involve job shadowing, internships, and job training programs. It can also include learning how to prepare a resume, interview skills, and job search strategies.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING
Independent living skills training can help blind teens develop the skills they need to live independently. This may include cooking, cleaning, shopping, and managing finances.
Blind teens can receive education services that are tailored to their individual needs. These may include Braille instruction, audio textbooks, and assistive technology. Assistive technology can help blind teens access information, communicate with others, and navigate their environment. This may include screen readers, Braille displays, and speech recognition software.
Counseling services can help blind teens cope with the emotional and social challenges of living with blindness. They can learn strategies for building self-esteem, developing positive relationships, and managing stress.
Socialization is an important aspect of a blind teen's development, as it can help them build relationships, develop social skills, and increase their self-confidence. Below are some field trips/activities our teens have engaged in:
Trips to Discover Cove, Disney, Sea World in Orlando
Collaboration with Stetson University and Atlantic Center for the Arts called Sound Seekers Program
Swimming with the Dolphins
Escape Room Adventure
Exotic Petting Zoo in Orlando
Connecting with Transition Programs throughout the state for activities
Painting and Sculpture classes
Visiting Jacksonville Jaguars games
Tai Chi lessons
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