Transition Programs

This list was initially developed and updated in January of 2013. As we have worked on this list, we have noticed that programs change frequently, so we are asking your assistance in keeping us up to date. If you know of a new transition program or have updated information on any of those listed, please let us know. We are primarily interested in programs that are specifically for students who are blind or visually impaired, but we know in some states and areas, those are not available and transition programs serve all disability groups. We are listing college preparation, school to work, and/or independent living programs – run by Vocational Rehabilitation, private agencies, special education program or colleges and universities. Please let us know your thoughts by emailing nrtc@colled.msstate.edu.

Alabama - Delaware

Alabama

EH Gentry Center/ AIDB
College Prep Course and Job Training

Contact:
Physical Address
1105 Fort Lashley Avenue
Talladega, AL 35160
Phone: (256) 761-3450 V/TTY
Fax: (256) 761-3454

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 698
Talladega, AL 35161-0698

Travis Fields
Executive Director
Phone: (256) 761-3406 V/TTY

Blind Services Department
Phone: (256) 761-3655

Web: http://www.aidb.org/

Alaska

Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Summer Youth Program

Contact:
Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3903 Taft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99517
E-mail: kjutzi@alaskabvi.org
Phone: 907-248-7770; 1-800-770-7517
Fax: (907) 248-7517

Web: http://www.alaskabvi.org

Arizona

Arizona School for the Blind
Career Exploration and Career Preparation Courses - CTE

Contact:
Arizona School for the Blind, Tucson Campus
P.O. Box 85000
Tucson, Arizona 85754
Email: Benita.Fisher@asdb.az.gov
Phone: (520) 770-3863
Fax: (520) 770-3735

Web: https://asdb.az.gov/

Arizona Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation, Inc.
Success for Life

Contact:
3957 E Speedway Blvd. Suite 208
Tucson, Arizona 85712
Phone: 520.577.3700
Fax: 866.469.5653

Web: http://www.azblinddeafchildren.org

General Information: admin@azblinddeafchildren.org
Rita Weatherholt, Executive Director: rita@azblinddeafchildren.org
Office Manager: artie@azblinddeafchildren.org

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI)
Steppin’ Out

Contact:
SAAVI
3767 East Grant Road
Tucson AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 795-1331
Fax: (520) 795-1336

Web: saavi.us/programs-services/youth-and-transition-services/

Foundation for Blind Children
Adult and Transition Services (ATS)

Contact:
Rose Mofford Center
1235 E. Harmont Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: (602) 331-1470

Web: https://www.seeitourway.org/

Arkansas

World Services for the Blind
College Preparatory Program

Contact:
World Services for the Blind
2811 Fair Park Boulevard
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Telephone: 501-664-7100 or 1-800-248-0734
Fax: 501-664-2743
Email: training@wsblind.org

Web: http://www.wsblind.org/

Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASBVI) & the Division of Services for the Blind (DSB)
Jump Start Program

Contact:
Arkansas School for the Blind
P. O. Box 668
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Call: 501-682-0330, or
Toll Free: 1-800-960-9270
Email: Williams@asb.k12.ar.us

Web: http://www.arkansasschoolfortheblind.org/

https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/

California

California Department of Rehabilitation – Blind Field Services

Contact:
Phone: (916) 558-5480
Email: BlindInfo@dor.ca.gov

Web: https://www.dor.ca.gov/Home/BlindFieldServices

California Transition Council
Residential Transition Programs

Contact:
Ann Linville
Director of Transition
510-794-3800, ext. 262
Email: info@transition2employment.com

Web: eop.sa.ucsb.edu/summer-programs/step

Wayfinder Family Services

Web: http://www.wayfinderfamily.org

Colorado

Colorado Center for the Blind
Summer Youth Programs

Contact:
Colorado Center for the Blind
Phone: (303) 778-1130, or
Toll Free (800) 401-4632

Web: https://cocenter.org/our-programs/summer-youth/

Brent Batron
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone: (303) 778-1130, ext. 222
Email: bbatron@cocenter.org

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Student Employability Center

Contact:
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs CO 80903
Phone: (719) 578-2100
Fax: (719) 578-2239

Web: https://csdb.colorado.gov/academics/employability-center

School for the Blind Staff
Jennifer Langley
Phone: (719) 578-2201

Kathy Bristol
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (719) 578-2201
Email: kbristol@csdb.org

Connecticut

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
Transition to Adult Life

Contact:
338 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Toll-Free: (800) 445-2722
Phone: (860) 739-3089
Fax: (860) 739-7460
Email: cpac@cpacinc.org

Web: https://cpacinc.org/

“Building a Bridge” Manual for High School Students in Transition

https://cpacinc.org/

Oak Hill
Blind Programs - Summer Camp for Youth with Low Vision and Blindness

Contact:
120 Holcomb Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Toll Free: (866) 526-4492
Phone: (860) 243-2869
TTY: (860) 286-3113
Fax: (860) 286-3111
Email: info@oakhillct.org

Web: https://summercamp.oakhillct.org/

Delaware

Delaware Division of Blind Services and Delaware Association for the Blind

Contact:
Herman M. Holloway, Sr. Campus
Biggs Building
1901 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 255-9800
Fax: (302) 255-4441

Web: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dvi/

Florida - Maryland

Florida

Florida Division of Blind Services, Department of Education
Transition Services

Contact:
Division of Blind Services
325 West Gaines Street
Turlington Building, Suite 1114
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Main Number: (850) 245-0300
Toll Free: (800) 342-1828
Fax Main DBS Number: (850) 245-0363
Web: dbs.myflorida.com

Center for the Visually Impaired of Central Florida
Transition Program

Contact:
1187 Dunn Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 253-8879
Toll Free: (800) 227-1284
Fax: (386) 253-9178
Email link: http://www.cvicentralflorida.org/contact.html

Web: http://www.cvicentralflorida.org/teen-transition-program.html

Conklin Center for the Blind
Adult Services

Contact:
Conklin Center for the Blind
405 White Street
Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114
Phone: (386) 258-3441
Fax: (386) 258-1155
info@conklincenter.org

Web: http://www.conklincenter.org/

Executive Director:
Robert T. Kelly
robert@conklincenter.org

Lighthouse of Broward County
Teen LIFE—Learning Independence from Experience

Contact:
Lighthouse of Broward
Lois L. Deicke Center
650 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: (954) 463-4217
Fax: (954) 764-3825

Web: http://www.lhob.org/index.php/services/adult-programs

Lighthouse of Central Florida
Transition for Teens

Contact:
215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 898-2483
Fax: (407) 895-5255
Email: Chris Sacca, csacca@lcf-fl.org – Youth services inquiries (Ages 6 - 21)

Web: http://www.lighthousecentralflorida.org/

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
The Transition and Job Readiness Programs

Contact:
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-856-2288
Fax: 305-285-6967
Email: info@miamilighthouse.org

Carol Brady-Simmons
Chief Program Officer
786-362-7480
csimmons@miamilighthouse.org

Isabel Chica
Manager of Children’s Programs
786-362-7482
ichica@miamilighthouse.org

Brendan Gibson
Job Readiness Instructor Specialist
786-362-7452
bgibson@miamilighthouse.org

Web: https://www.miamilighthouse.org/TransitionProgram.asp

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
Transition for Teens (Ages 14 to 22)

Contact:
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, Florida 33606
Phone: (813) 251-2407
Fax: (813) 254-4305

Web: http://www.tampalighthouse.org/program-services/transition-for-teens

Georgia

Center for the Visually Impaired
Springboard Transition Program
STARS Youth Program

Contact:
739 West Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-875-9011

Web: https://cviga.org/

Hawaii

State of Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division (VRSBD)
Imua Project

Contact:
Joy Lacanienta
600 Kapiolani Blvd. # 306
Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail: joyl@lava.net

Web: www.hawaii.gov/dhs/VR

Idaho

Idaho Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired
School-Work Transition

Contact:
341 W. Washington St.
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0012
Phone: (208) 334-3220
Fax: (208) 334-2963

Web: https://icbvi.idaho.gov/

Illinois

The Chicago Lighthouse
Youth Transition Services

Contact:
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-1298
Phone: (312) 666-1331
Fax: (312) 243-8539
TDD: (312) 666-8874

Web: http://chicagolighthouse.org/

Sheila Perkins
Vice President, Employment Services
Phone: (312) 666-1331

Indiana

Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Transition Weekend

Contact:
Toni Hughes
Director of Outreach and Related Services
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Phone: 317-253-1481, ext. 221
Email link: https://sites.google.com/site/isbvik12/Contact

Web: https://www.in.gov/isbvi/

Evansville Association for the Blind
Summer College Program

Contact:
500 North 2nd Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710-2355
Phone: 812-422-1181
Email link: http://www.evansvilleblind.org/contact/

Web: http://www.evansvilleblind.org/summer-college-program/

Bosma Enterprises
Student Training and Employment Program

Contact:
Melanie Wells
Phone: 888-567-3422

Web: https://app-bosma-mvc-eastus-prod.azurewebsites.net/center-for-visionary-solutions/employment-services/youth

Iowa

Iowa Department for the Blind
Young Adult Programs: Summer Camps and Weekend Retreats

Contact:
Transition Specialists
Julie Aufdenkamp or Keri Osterhaus
800-362-2587 or 515-281-1333.
E-mail: julie.aufdenkamp@blind.state.ia.us
E-mail: keri.osterhaus@blind.state.ia.us

Web: http://idbonline.org/

Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Secondary Transition Services

Contact:
1002 G Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349
319-472-5221
FAX: 319-472-5174

Web: https://www.iowa-braille.k12.ia.us/

Kansas

Kansas State School for the Blind
Transition Program

Contact:
Cheryl Covell
ccovell@kssdb.org
913-281-3308, ext. 347

Web: http://www.kssb.net

Kentucky

Kentucky Office for the Blind
Transition

Contact:
Kentucky Office for the Blind
275 East Main Street
Frankfort KY 40621
(502)782-3414
(800)321-6668

Web: https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

Lighthouse Louisiana Transition Summer Camp

Contact:
Sarah Barnes, Director of Youth & Employment Services
123 State Street New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-899-4501 Ext. 231; 504-430-9827

Email: SBarnes@lighthouselouisiana.org

Website: www.lighthouselouisiana.org

Louisiana Center for the Blind
STEP Program - Striving for Success Summer Training & Employment Project

Contact:
Pam Allen, Director
101 South Trenton
Ruston, Louisiana 71270-4431
Phone: (800) 234-4166; (318) 251-2891
fax: (318) 251-0109
Web: www.lcb-ruston.com

If you have any questions, please call Eric Guillory at 800-234-4166

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana

Contact:
409 West St. Mary Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-234-6492

Web: www.affiliatedblind.org

Maine

Maine Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired
DBVI Youth and Transition Services

Contact:
Employment Services and Career Center
Phone: (207) 623-7981
TTY: Maine relay 711
CareerCenter Hotline: 1-888-457-8883

Rehabilitation Services
Phone: 1-800-698-4440
TTY: Maine relay 711

Web: www.maine.gov/rehab/dbvi/youth_transition.shtml

Maryland

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM)
WINGS: Summer Youth Transition Program

Contact:
Loretta White, Director of Youth Programs
3345 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21227-1602
Phone: 410-737-2600
Email: lwhite@bism.org

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Web: www.clb.org

Maryland School for the Blind
Transition Program

Contact:
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21236
Phone: 410.444.5000
Fax: 410.319.5700

Web: https://www.marylandschoolfortheblind.org/

For more information about Transition Services, contact:
Kelly Gealy, Transition Specialist
410-444-5000, ext. 1382
kellyk@mdschblind.org

Massachusetts - Nevada

Massachusetts

The Carroll Center
Youth in Transition

Contact:
Carroll Center for the Blind
770 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459
800-852-3131
www.carroll.org

Web: https://www.collegexpress.com/scholarships/blind-services-association-scholarship-award/18507/

For more information on summer programs contact:
Laurie Gaines, Rehabilitation Admissions Coordinator
617-969-6200 or 800-852-3131 ext. 216
laurie.gaines@carroll.org

Perkins School for the Blind
Transition Services

Contact:
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Switchboard: Phone: 617-924-3434
Fax: 617-926-2027

Web: www.perkins.org

Michigan

Michigan Commission for the Blind
Summer Youth Program

Contact:
Susan Turney
Phone: 517-241-8631
Cell: 517-243-3858
Sponsoring Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
 

Web: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-94422_28313_81735_90792---,00.html

For more information, call 1-800-292-4200 toll-free (TTY 1-888-864-1212, toll-free), or contact a Michigan Commission for the Blind office.

Minnesota

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (MSAB)
Summer Program – Independence 101

Contact:
MSAB
400 SE 6th Ave.
Faribault, MN 55021
Linda Needham - Administrative Assistant
Phone: 507- 384-6700
Toll Free: 800-657-3634

Web: https://www.msa.state.mn.us/2/department2/50

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services
Transition Services: School to Work for Secondary Students with Disabilities

Contact:
2550 Peachtree St Ext
PO Box 5314
Jackson, MS 39296-5314
Phone: 601-987-7401
Fax: 601-987-7405
cfitzhugh@mdrs.ms.gov
Toll Free: 800-443-1000

Web: http://www.mdrs.ms.gov

Missouri

Alphapointe Association for the Blind

Contact:
7501 Prospect
Kansas City, MO 64132
816-421-5848
816-237-2019 (fax)
Email: info@alphapointe.org

Shirley Baker
Email: sbaker@alphapointe.org

Web: www.alphapointe.org

Missouri School for the Blind
Learning Independence from Experience (LIFE)

Contact:
3815 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-776-4320
FAX: 314-776-1875

Web: https://msb.dese.mo.gov/curriculum/

Missouri Department of Social Services – Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB)
Services for Transition to Post-Secondary Education or Work

Contact:
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
615 Howerton Court
P.O. Box 2320
Jefferson City, MO 65102-2320
Phone: 800-592-6004
Email to: askrsb@dss.mo.gov

Web: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/trans.htm

Montana

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Public Health and Human Services
Transition from High School to Post-Secondary Education and Work

Contact:
Blind and Low Vision Services
111 N Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4C
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
Phone/TTY: 406-444-2590
Toll Free: 1-877-296-1197
Fax: 406-444-3632
E-mail: vrinfo@mt.gov

Montana School for the Blind
Visually Impaired Summer Skills Program

Contact:
3911 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: 406-771-6000
Toll Free: 800-882-6732
Email: info@msdb.mt.gov

Web: http://msdb.mt.gov/campus/summer-programs.html

Nebraska

Nebraska Commission for the Blind
Transition Program

Contact:
Pearl Van Zandt, Ph.D
Executive Director
4600 Valley Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844

Toll Free: 877.809.2419
Local: 402.471.2891
Fax: 402.471.3009

Web: https://ncbvi.nebraska.gov/

For more information:
Carlos Servan, Deputy Director
Nebraska Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired
4600 Valley Road
Suite 100
Lincoln NE 68510-4844
Phone: 402-471-2891, or 877-809-2419

Nevada

Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Contact:
505 E. King Street, Room 505
Carson City, NV 89701
Tel: (702) 687-4440

Web: https://detr.nv.gov/

New Hampshire - Oklahoma

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education
Services for the Visually Impaired
Transitions Services

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Education
VR Administrative Offices
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-3471
Fax: 603-271-7095
Toll Free: 1-800-299-1647

Web: https://www.education.nh.gov/

For more information contact:
Angela Keef
21 S. Fruit Street Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-3804
Email: Angela.keef@doe.nh.gov

New Jersey

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

High School Transitional Programs
College Prep Experience Program
Work Skills Prep Program

Contact:
153 Halsey Street
6th Floor, P.O. Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07101-47017
Phone: 975-648-3333
Toll Free: 877-685-8878

Web: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/services/

New Mexico

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Contact:
1900 North White Sands Boulevard
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: 505-437-3505 (Local), 800-437-3505 (Toll-Free)
Fax: 505-439-4411

Web: http://www.nmsbvi.k12.nm.us/

Please contact Ron Later (rlater@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us, 800-437-3505 #4478) for more information.

State of New Mexico Commission for the Blind
The STEP Program

Contact:
2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E. Bldg. 4 Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505-476-4479
Toll-free: 888-513-7968

Web: http://www.cfb.state.nm.us/

New York

Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Transition Programs: Pre-Vocational Training and College Prep Program

Contact:
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 522-2122
Fax: (718) 935-9463
E-Mail: info@helenkeller.org

Web: www.helenkeller.org/hksb/pre-vocational-training

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults
Transition Program: Take Control of Your Future

Contact:
Headquarters/Administrative Offices
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
Phone: 516-944-8900
Fax: 516-944-7302

Web: www.helenkeller.org/hknc

For admissions call: 516-944-8900 ext. 258

Lighthouse International
The Columbia Summer Youth Transition Program
Special Needs Summer Youth Transition Program

Contact:
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Building
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 800-829-0500

Web: https://www.lighthouseguild.org/

New York State Commission for the Blind
Office the Family and Children’s Services

Contact:
Laurie Munro, Coordinator of Children's Services
Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
Capital View Office Park, Room 201
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144-2796
Phone: 518-474-6956
E-mail: laurel.munro@ocfs.state.ny.us

Web: ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/

For more information: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/transition-and-youth-services

North Carolina

North Carolina Division of Blind Services
From School to Work or College

Contact:
Physical Address:
309 Ashe Avenue,
Fisher Building
Raleigh, NC
Phone: (919) 733-9822
1 (866) 222-1546
Fax: (919) 733-9769

Mailing Address:
2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601

Phone: 513-522-3860

North Dakota

North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Summer Youth Employment

Contact:
Prairie Hills Plaza
1237 West Divide Avenue, Suite #1B
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-1208
Phone: 701-328-8950
Toll Free: 1-800-755-2745
Fax: 701-328-8969
E-mail: dhsvr@nd.gov

Russ Cusack
State Director
rcusack@nd.gov

Web: www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr

North Dakota School for the Blind
Summer Transition Programs

Contact:
500 Stanford Road
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-795-2700
Toll Free: 800-421-1181
Fax: 701-795-2727

Jessse Shirek
Phone: 701-795-2731
Email: jshirek@nd.gov

Web: www.ndvisionservices.com

Ohio

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) – Transition Services

Contact

150 East Campus View Boulevard

Columbus Ohio USA 43235

800-282-2695

http://www.oodworks.com

Web: http://www.oodworks.com

Cleveland Sight Center

Contact:
Fundamentals for Success
1909 E. 101st Street
Cleveland, OH 44106-8692
Phone: 216.791.8118
Contact Lorie Marsalis

Web: www.clevelandsightcenter.org

Clovernook Center for the Blind

Contact:
7000 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231

Web: https://clovernook.org/

Cincinnati Association for the Blind

Contact:
2045 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Web: https://www.cincyblind.org/

The Ohio Transition Collaborative

Web: https://ood.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ood/individuals-with-disabilities/s…

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
DRS Transition from School to Work

Contact:
3535 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City OK 73112
Phone: 405-951-3400
www.okrehab.org

Oregon - South Carolina

Oregon

Oregon Commission for the Blind
Summer work Experience Program (SWEP)

Contact:
535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 971-873-1588
Toll-Free: 888-202-5463
Fax: 503-234-6468
TTY: 971-673-1577
Email: ocb.mail@state.or.us

Web: www.oregon.gov/blind/pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania

Overbrook School for the Blind
School to Work Program

Contact:
6333 Malvern Road
Philadelphia, PA 19151
Phone: 215-877-0313

School to Work Program
Robert Ashbridge, Coordinator
bob@OSB.org

Web: www.obs.org

Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
IDEAL Program

Contact:
CBVI
100 W. 15th St.
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 610-874-1476
Fax: 610-874-6454
Email: cbvi@cbvi.net

Rosemary Keefe
Phone: 610-874-1476, ext. 161

Web: https://cbvi.net/services/youth-services/ideal-program/

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Contact:
Office of Rehabilitation Services
40 Fountain Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Phone: 401-222-2300
TTY: 401-421-7016

Web: www.ors.ri.gov/SBVI.html

South Dakota - Wyoming

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Youth Employment Services (YES) Program

Contact:
1430 Confederate Avenue
Columbia, S.C. 29202
Phone: 803-898-8731 or 800-922-2222 (Toll Free)
Fax: 803-898-8852
E-mail: publicinfo@sccb.sc.gov

Web: www.sccb.state.sc.us

South Dakota

South Dakota Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Department of Human Services
The Transition Services Liaison Project

Contact:
Eric Weiss, Assistant Director
Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Hillsview Plaza
3800 East Highway 34,
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Phone: 605-773-4644
Toll Free: 1-800-265-9684
Fax: 605-773-5483
E-mail: eric.weiss@state.sd.us
 

Web: https://dhs.sd.gov/servicetotheblind/resources.aspx

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division for the Blind
Transition through the Board of Education

Contact:
400 Deaderick Street
11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37248-6200
Phone: (615) 313-4914
Toll Free: (800) 628-7818
 

Texas

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Exit (Experiences in Transition)

Contact:
1100 W. 45th St.
Austin, TX 78756

Web: https://www.tsbvi.edu/

Utah

Utah Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Transition Program

Contact:
Administration Office
250 North 1950 West, Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7902
Phone: 801-323-4343 or TTY 801-323-4395
Toll-Free 1-800-284-1823
FAX 801-323-4396
 

Vermont

Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Student Transition

Contact:
Central Office
Weeks Building
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2304
Phone: 802-241-2132
Toll Free: 1-888-405-5005
FAX: 802)-871-3048

Mailing Address:
94 Harvest Lane,
Williston, Vermont 05495

Fred Jones, Director – Phone: 802-871-3038
Heather Bell, Administrative Assistant – Phone 802-871-3382
Central Office General Contact email: DBVI-Info@state.vt.us

Web: www.dbvi.vermont.gov

Internship Opportunities

Virginia

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Web: www.clb.org

Virginia Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired
All Aboard

All Aboard: Sailing into the Future Norfolk Regional Office Transition Workshop

Contact:
Caren E. Phipps
Norfolk Regional Manager
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
6325 North Center Drive, Suite 131
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Phone: 757-466-4163
Fax: 757-455-0142
Nikki Jeffords
757-455-0856

Web: http://www.vdbvi.org/

Washington

Washington Department of Services for the Blind
Summer Transition Programs

Contact:
Olympia / Lacey Office
4565 7th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Mailing Address:
PO Box 40933
Olympia, WA 98504-0933
Phone: 360-725-3830
Fax: 360-407-0679

Seattle Office
3411 S. Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: 206-906-5500
Fax: 206-721-4103

Web: www.dsb.wa.gov

For more information on our summer programs and services for children and youth, please contact info@dsb.wa.gov or 1(800)552-7103.

West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Transition Program

Contact:
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, VW 25301
Phone: 304-356-2060

Web: www.wvdrs.org

For more information about the services please contact:
Aaron B. Topping, CRC
Senior Manager, Field Specialty Programs
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
304-356-2364
304-558-1421 (Fax)
Email: Aaron.B.Topping@wv.gov

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI)

Complete information on the resources and services offered by the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI) can be found at http://www.wsti.org/.

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Education
Transition Services

Contact:
Cheyenne Office
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
Phone: 307-777-7690
Fax: 307-777-6234

Riverton Office
320 West Main
Riverton, WY 82501
Phone: 307-857-9250
Fax: 307-857-9256

Web: www.edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/services_for_the_visually_impaired.aspx

National Organizations

American Council of the Blind

2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201-3354
Phone: 202-467-5081, or 800-424-8666
Fax: 703-465-5085
Web: www.acb.org
National Alliance of Blind Students Affiliate
www.blindstudents.org

Affiliate group for college students who are blind and visually impaired

American Foundation for the Blind

2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Phone: 212-502-7600
Fax: (888)-545-8331
E-mail: afbinfo@afb.net
Web: www.afb.org
CareerConnect: www.afb.org/cc

Career Connect is a program specifically for helping transition age youth with the transition from high school to employment or post-secondary education. Programs in Career Connect include talking to professionals who are blind or visually impaired, finding a mentor, assistance with interviewing skills, resume writing and how to handle disability disclosure.

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.org
http://www.aph.org/

Provides educational materials for students K-12 including a Transition Tote and instructional resources for helping with transition.

Hadley School for the Blind

700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
(708) 446-8111
www.hadley.edu

Provides free correspondence courses on many topics related to independent living, self-esteem, adjustment to vision loss and employment.

Heath Resource Center

The George Washington University
2134 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052-0001
www.heath.gwu.edu

Online clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities, and guidance counselors working with students with disabilities.

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)

20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 800-221-4792
Web: https://www.learningally.org/

Audio and e-text textbooks for students in high school and college.

Library of Congress

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0712 fax
(202) 707-0744 TTY
E-mail: nls@loc.gov
Web: http://www.loc.gov/nls

Popular books and magazines in audio, braille, large print and e-text.

Mississippi State University, National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision

P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-2001
Web: www.blind.msstate.edu

Several transition products including the Transition Activity Calendar for students going to post-secondary education, and Career Advantage on-line career exploration tool.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471-0317
(617) 972-7441
800-562-6265
(617) 972-7444 fax
napvi@perkins.pvt.k12.ma.us
Web: http://www.spedex.napvi.org/
FamilyConnect@afb.org (in association with AFB)

Provides assistance to families of children who are transitioning.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 410-659-9314
Fax: 410-685-5653
Web: www.nfb.org

NFB - Youth-Slam - http://nfbyouthslam.org/ This biannual program brings 150 blind students to a college campus to learn all about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Meets in the odd years.
NFB - National Center for Blind Youth and Science (NCBYS) www.blindscience.org NCBYS focuses on fostering a sense of innovation and autonomy in students by allowing them to determine their course of science study during the week of the residential program.
NFB - National Association of Blind Students www.nabslink.org Division for College Students

National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

P.O. Box 959
East Hampstead, NH 03826-0959
(603) 887-2310 phone
Fax: 800-473-2310
E-mail: info@albinism.org
http://www.albinism.org/

Positive information and support about a condition which is often stigmatizing to transition age youth.