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This 6 part series provided an in-depth discussion about the Post-School Transition to Higher Education and Employment for Students with Visual Impairments. Dr. Karen Wolffe described the post-secondary trajectory of students with visual impairments as they move from secondary educational settings into higher education, training, and employment. She discussed the need for planning and preparation while in secondary settings. Higher education and training, employment, and adult life considerations such as housing, transportation, recreation and leisure; as well as community engagement were discussed.
What is it young people want to do with their lives after high school? Freedom from parental supervision, engagement with others socially, achieving self-sufficiency…a reason for their existence!
Considerations for voluntary or paid employment while still in high school and university…
Preparation for university or other vocational training
What are realistic employment options for students with visual impairments post-high school if they don’t want to go to participate in postsecondary training/education?
Considerations for life: Where to live, with whom to live, what to do with leisure time, how to handle transportation in urban, suburban, and rural areas to work, to training opportunities, to social/athletic activities, to medical appointments, to shop, etc.
How to maintain employment and live happily ever after…examples from real life.
Participants are encouraged to submit specific queries to Dr. Wolffe in advance of sessions and to engage in the discussions following each session.