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 Descriptions of programs are generally from websites.

Alabama - Delaware


EH Gentry Center/ AIDB
College Prep Course and Job Training

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


Program Description:

College Prep Course

  • Includes preparation for the Alabama High School Graduation Exam or General Educational Development (GED) exam.
  • Clients who have completed our college prep program have gone on to attend various colleges and universities across the country including: University of Alabama, Gadsden State Community College, University of South Alabama, Jacksonville State University, and Auburn University at Montgomery.

Job Training

  • Nothing is more empowering than the feeling of receiving your first paycheck. At Gentry clients learn the necessary tools and techniques needed to compete for the job of their choice. Career choices are limited only by the imagination. Our job coaches help clients gain first-hand on the job experience. Our graduates have found jobs at hospitals, daycare facilities, retail stores and in manufacturing plants.
  • Gentry can also help their clients earn Alabama Certified Worker’s Certificate or Career Readiness Certificate for WorkKeys. Gentry is an official testing site for the WorkKeys certificate. The salaries for Gentry alumni are very competitive. On average our alumni earn over $8.40 an hour.


Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Summer Youth Program

Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3903 Taft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: 907-248-7770; 1-800-770-7517
Fax: (907) 248-7517


Program Description:

The Center periodically offers a Summer Youth Program to help young people add skills to expand lifestyle choices and future education and career opportunities.


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

Arizona School for the Blind, Tucson Campus
P.O. Box 85000
Tucson, Arizona 85754
Phone: (520) 770-3863
Fax: (520) 770-3735


Program Description:

Work Education at ASDB - Tucson Campus

ASDB Work Education provides students who have completed job readiness and career exploration classes with authentic hands-on opportunities for internships in many different career fields while gaining experience in universal work values such as punctuality, flexibility, responsibility, and the internal rewards of pride in a job well done. Students begin with on-campus internships for one class period daily, then progress to off-campus internships for three class periods daily. Varying levels of support are provided, according to students' individual needs, with the goal of competitive employment. A special education teacher and team of skilled site trainers assess students' demonstrated abilities, set IEP goals and objectives in keeping with state standards, and measure progress toward independence. Work sites are chosen based on student interests and skills; community business partners play an important role in preparing ASDB graduates for entry into the workforce.

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

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


General Information:
Rita Weatherholt, Executive Director:
Office Manager:

Program Description:

Steppin’ Out is an independent living program for blind and low vision young adults making the transition from high school to work or college. Steppin’ Out participants begin with a 4-week orientation program to adapt to their environment in an apartment outfitted for use by a blind resident. An on-site Life Coach provides Steppin Out residents with daily assistance and training in important life skills like cooking, budgeting, street safety, shopping, networking, academic enrollment and tutoring and individualized life skill training. Created by the Foundation in 2005, Steppin’ Out is now a program of Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired.

Pima County Youth Employment Program, an outgrowth of the Steppin’ Out program, gives young blind and low-vision youth summer employment opportunities to introduce them to the world of work, and to provide important training and skill building to ensure success as young adults.

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

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


Program Description:

Steppin’ Out

SAAVI’s Steppin' Out is a residential program designed for transition aged blind and visually impaired students who are entering college or are employment bound. Students experience living independently while having the support of an on-site Life Coach. While in Steppin Out, students will take part in all SAAVI comprehensive classes to include: access technology training; budgeting; support groups; orientation and mobility; and those important life skills such as – learning how to keep an apartment clean and organized; cooking meals, learning how to do laundry and exploring what activities are available in the local community that are within an affordable price range and are accessible. Our goal is to build a student’s confidence and skills through training, support and opportunity. This unique program is a stepping stone towards total independent living for young blind and visually impaired adults.

Foundation for Blind Children
Adult and Transition Services (ATS)

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


Program Description:

Adult and Transition Services Program

The Adult and Transition Services (ATS) Program provides a full array of services targeting the rehabilitation needs of adults and the transition needs of youth. It offers year-round classes for students and adults who are transitioning into the work force. The curriculum focuses on assistive technology, activities of daily living, career exploration, orientation and mobility, Braille and counseling and mentoring. It offers a six-week comprehensive summer independent living program as well as a six-week college preparation program open to high school seniors across Arizona.

The purpose of the ATS Program is to assist adults and transitioning youth who are blind or visually impaired to achieve satisfying, self-reliant lives which enable them to fully integrate into their communities. We accomplish this by providing a high-quality continuum of services including: comprehensive assessments, instruction in adaptive daily living skills, use of low vision aids, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, Braille, adjustment counseling and mentoring, provision of information on recreational options and other resources, assistance with career exploration, job readiness, job development and placement. 


World Services for the Blind
College Preparatory Program

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


Program Description:

College Preparatory Program

World Services for the Blind is offering a College Preparatory Program for blind or visually impaired high school students who are rising juniors and seniors, as well as older students who wish to return to college. The eight-week program lasts from mid-June to mid-August and is designed to evaluate the student’s basic skills and to provide the training needed for a successful college career.

An introduction to college life, the College Prep Program curriculum includes a two-week skills evaluation period, academic skills development, assistive technology and computer literacy, psychological and social adjustment, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility. Students will also participate in recreational and leisure activities.

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

Arkansas School for the Blind
P. O. Box 668
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Call: 501-682-0330, or
Toll Free: 1-800-960-9270


Program Description:

Jump Start is open to blind and severely visually impaired youth ages 16-19 years. Students are assisted in obtaining a part-time summer job and offered the opportunity to participate in recreational and educational enrichment activities. 


California Department of Rehabilitation – Blind Field Services

Phone: (916) 558-5480


Program Description:

Employment/Job Training

Transition Services & Planning: Transition services and planning for blind or visually impaired high-school students.

California Transition Council
Residential Transition Programs

Ann Linville
Director of Transition
510-794-3800, ext. 262


Program Description:

Summer Transition Education Program (STEP)

The STEP program is a cooperative venture between the State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the California School for the Blind (CSB). Participants in this 3-week program are public high school students or graduates from public school, ages 16-21. Focus is on Career Awareness/Exploration, Computer Technology, Daily Living Skills, and Orientation and Mobility. Students must be clients of DOR.

Wayfinder Family Services


Youth Transition Services

Teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired explore career options and successfully transition to independent living, college or the workforce in Wayfinder’s youth transition program. Through community-based workshops and summer programs, participants get hands-on experience, preparation and support to achieve their individual goals. Workshops are offered throughout California

Davidson Program for Independence

Adults, ages 18 and older, who are blind or visually impaired learn skills to lead fuller, more productive lives in Wayfinder’s Davidson Program for Independence, a comprehensive residential rehabilitation program. Through training in Braille, independent living skills, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility (to travel autonomously and safely), graduates of the program reach their greatest levels of independence in their homes, workplaces, and communities.


Colorado Center for the Blind
Summer Youth Programs

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


Brent Batron
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone: (303) 778-1130, ext. 222

Program Description:

The Summer Youth Programs at the Colorado Center for the Blind are designed to provide students with the opportunity to obtain skills needed to achieve success in school, interact with peers in a variety of social situations, gain a knowledge of the working world, and build self-confidence and self-esteem. Students participate in extracurricular activities in addition to core classes of Braille, Cane Travel, Computer Technology and Home Management.

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Student Employability Center

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


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

Kathy Bristol
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (719) 578-2201

Program Description:

Career Awareness

CSDB’s Career Awareness class is a high school class offered for students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired. Enrollment is limited to juniors only.

In this class, students do the following:

  • Research various career pathways.
  • Explore a variety of jobs within each pathway.
  • Take interest inventories.
  • Assess their skills and potential jobs that fit their skills.
  • Explore future careers.
  • Investigate educational requirements for various jobs.
  • Map a plan of action to achieve their target job.
  • Develop and host the annual Post-Secondary Education Week (PEW).

Vocational Program

CSDB’s Vocational classes are open to any middle or high school students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired.

In this class, students:

  • Explore various vocational careers in a hands-on environment
  • Learn competitive vocational skills that they can use to build their resumes
  • Learn skills they can use around the home
  • Learn skills that may lead to future jobs

Some vocational classes offered include:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Welding/Metals
  • Home Maintenance
  • Woodshop
  • Introduction to Shop
  • Electronics

On the Job Training (OJT)

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program is a high school class for seniors designed to provide students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired with opportunities to build their resume before graduating.

OJT provides these students with the necessary skills to enter the workforce or to prepare for post-education training.

OJT classes combine classroom education with in-the-field job experience. The program collaborates with local businesses to provide work-study jobs for the students.

  • Students work at their jobs two hours a day, four days a week.
  • One day each week, students attend a 3-hour class that covers topics related to finding jobs, retaining employment, and banking.

Bridges to Life (BtL)

CSDB’s Bridges to Life (BtL) program serves students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired, most of whom have met their graduation requirements. The BtL program supports them in bridging the gap between high school and the real world.

BtL develops partnerships with businesses in the community to provide students with opportunities to learn appropriate job skills and to obtain competitive job experiences through work-study experiences and on-the-job training. Students can also participate in on-campus workshops to enhance their independent living skills, social skills, and post-secondary readiness.


Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
Transition to Adult Life

338 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Toll-Free: (800) 445-2722
Phone: (860) 739-3089
Fax: (860) 739-7460


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

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

120 Holcomb Street
Hartford, CT 06112
Toll Free: (866) 526-4492
Phone: (860) 243-2869
TTY: (860) 286-3113
Fax: (860) 286-3111


Program Description:

The Summer Camp for Youth with Low Vision and Blindness enables teens to attend a week-long residential program with training in orientation and mobility; assistive technology; computer and internet use as well as information on pursuing a degree in higher education and career opportunities.


Delaware Division of Blind Services and Delaware Association for the Blind

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


Program Description:

The Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired sponsors Teen Weekend and Children’s Beach House Weekend. Activities are planned to assist students in the development of Activities of Daily Living and Social Skill building as the primary focus. These events are collaborative efforts with the Delaware Association for the Blind (DAB), which is a non-profit organization and with the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Delaware which is a foundation providing educational activities to children of all disability groups.

Florida - Maryland


Florida Division of Blind Services, Department of Education
Transition Services

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

Program Description:

The goal of the Transition Program is to assist young people in transitioning from school to work or from school to a higher educational program. If you are a parent or caregiver, this section will provide you with information about services available to assist your student in moving to the world of work. Florida Blind Services is here to assist students who are blind or severely visually impaired make the transition from high school to post-secondary education and their desired career. Students must have a visual impairment in both eyes and require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for employment.

Transition Services consist of a group of services provided jointly by the local school district and Blind Services on an Individual Education Plan. Types of services may consist of the following:

  • Career Exploration
  • Compensatory Skills Training
  • Training in Activities of Daily Living
  • Job Shadowing
  • Work Experiences

Transition Services are generally provided through Vocational Rehabilitation. However, they could be provided through the Children and Families Program. In either case, the student will have a Plan of Services. The types of services to be provided through Blind Services are normally incorporated into the student's Individual Education Plan as well.

Center for the Visually Impaired of Central Florida
Transition Program

1187 Dunn Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: (386) 253-8879
Toll Free: (800) 227-1284
Fax: (386) 253-9178
Email link:


Program Description:

The Transition Program is specifically designed for visually impaired and blind teenagers. The overall goal of this year-round program is to transition teenagers from childhood dependence on parents, to maximized independence as contributing adult members of society. Young people (ages 14-21) with an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from a public or private school, who have a recognized visual impairment, receive a referral to the program from the Florida Division of Blind Services. The Transition Program includes emphasis on…

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Self-Esteem and Peer Pressure
  • Recreation and Social Adjustment
  • Comprehensive Computer and Technology Studies
  • Volunteerism, Citizenship and Community, and
  • Work Experience

Conklin Center for the Blind
Adult Services

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


Executive Director:
Robert T. Kelly

Vocational Evaluation & Training

We evaluate students’ vocational awareness, skills and interests. Each student receives one-on-one training and counseling to develop basic work skills and habits. Paid work opportunities are available through our on-site workshop.

Lighthouse of Broward County
Teen LIFE—Learning Independence from Experience

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


Program Description:

Learning Independence from Experience is a transition program for youth ages 14 through 21 that is offered year-round after school and on weekends plus as a 6 week, intensive summer program for planning post-high school life. College preparation and/or job readiness skills are emphasized in group classes and field trips: safe outdoor travel skills, cooking and self-care techniques, Braille or use of magnifiers and other low vision devices to read and write efficiently, use of computers and other high-tech assistive devices, polite social interaction and self-advocacy, resume-writing, networking and interviewing, guidance in understanding vocational interests and values, and actual on-the-job experiences. Adults who are blind or visually impaired are role models. Fun recreational activities are also included.

Lighthouse of Central Florida
Transition for Teens

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


Program Description:

  • Transition services are provided to students ages 14 through 21 that are currently being served by the school system under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Group sessions occur twice per month and individualized instruction is available to students throughout the week. Transition services provide participants with the opportunity to develop positive self-esteem, independence and employability skills.
  • Everyday skill areas addressed include: communication, computer technology, cooking, future planning, learning strategies, use of remaining vision, orientation and mobility, problem solving, social skills, sports/leisure and work exploration.
  • The Transition Program provides students with skills to facilitate successful transition from high school to post-secondary activities, such as college, vocational school and employment. Transition services promote school advancement and help teens achieve future self-sufficiency.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
The Transition and Job Readiness Programs

601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-856-2288
Fax: 305-285-6967

Carol Brady-Simmons
Chief Program Officer

Isabel Chica
Manager of Children’s Programs

Brendan Gibson
Job Readiness Instructor Specialist

Program Description:

The Transition Program (Ages 14 to 22)

Our Transition Program fills the gap for students who are no longer children and not yet adults. Students between the ages of 14 to 22 create this group in which independence and preparedness for adulthood are the focus. Students learn important life skills like home and personal management, technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration. They are able to get in to the kitchen, prepare their own meals using safe techniques, and learn how they can label and organize their own home so they can access things without limitations. Students keep up to date resumes, participate in job interviews and are able to participate in paid work experience through the Miami Lighthouse and the Division of Blind Services. Most importantly they can socialize with one another and have a better understanding of the dynamics of positive and productive relationships.

Job Readiness Program

Miami Lighthouse helps analyze a blind or visually impaired individual’s skills and interests to assist in the search for employment. Increasing one’s personal independence allows for greater opportunities in the work environment.

  • Participants develop a career plan geared towards achieving sustainable employment.
  • Training provides individuals with skills needed to enter, remain in or return to suitable employment.
  • Participants acquire skills such as effective resume writing, job searching techniques and interview skills are practiced with expert coaches.

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

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


Program Description:

Summer Transition for Teens

Summer Transition includes five-weeks of training in daily living skills, a work experience, and recreational activities Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program, implemented in 2002, for blind and visually impaired teens, prepares them for the responsibilities of adulthood by focusing on job readiness, social interaction, and independent living skills. An integral part of this program involves hands-on work experiences at local businesses.

School-Year Transition Program

The Transition Program is designed to assist blind and visually impaired youth to be ready to work, go to college, or attend a technical school upon completion of high school.

Programs focus on vocational rehabilitation services that include the following:
Adjustment to Blindness Counseling (Individual or Family), Information and Referral of Complementary/Collateral Services, Communication Skill Training, Personal Management Training, Home Management Training, Adaptive Aids and Device Training, Management of Secondary Disability, Self-Advocacy Training, Assistive Technology Training, Rehabilitation Engineering Services, Optical Devices Training, Non-Optical Devices (lighting, contrast, etc.) Training, Peer or Facilitated Support Group, Community Integration, Work Adjustment/Experience Services, Personal and Social Adjustment Services, Vocational Evaluation, Job Coaching, and Job Placement.

Other services include:
Intake, Assessment of Need-Orientation and Mobility (O & M), Orientation and Mobility-Travel Training, Assessment of Need-ADL, Pre and Post, Assessment of Need-Assistive Technology, Recreation and Leisure Activities and On-going Support Services.


Center for the Visually Impaired
Springboard Transition Program
STARS Youth Program

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


Program Description:

The Springboard Transition Program prepares older STARS students to make a smooth transition from high school into adulthood, whether that means college, employment or vision rehabilitation training. The Springboard curriculum is designed to prepare students for independent living and covers topics such as money management and budgeting, home management, jobs and careers, self-advocacy, safety measures, organizational skills, social skills, and fitness and nutrition. The transition program includes two weeks of summer camp as well as classes and activities year-round.

The Stars Program

The STARS Program (Social, Therapeutic, Academic and Recreational) program is for elementary, middle school and high school students to prepare them for life roles. Skills taught include:

  • Healthy eating and easy cooking
  • Social skills
  • Exercise sports
  • Braille
  • Music and arts
  • How to be independent
  • Computer skills and communication
  • Money management
  • Academic tutoring

There is also a mentoring program that pairs students with adult role models who are blind or visually impaired.


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

Joy Lacanienta
600 Kapiolani Blvd. # 306
Honolulu, Hawaii


Program Description:

Some summers, the agency has carried out a transition program for blind youth, the Imua Project. Imua means “the act of moving forward in a proactive and positive way despite barriers that exist.” Imua is therefore an appropriate descriptive name for the project whose objective was to support youth pushing forward or transitioning from school to employment or higher education with an additional focus on self-advocacy and leadership training. Check with Joy to see if it is available this summer.


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

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


Program Description:

What is School-Work?

It is a part of the vocational rehabilitation program that focuses on students ages 14 and above while they are still in high school. ICBVI VR counselors work with the school district, parents and the student to develop a coordinated transition plan.

SWEP- Summer Work Experience Program:

This program is a 6 to 8 week work experience in Boise. The students live in supervised dorms and work in competitive jobs during the week. Support on the job is available to students. Students also benefit from the program through other activities arranged during the evenings and weekends.

College Days:

College Days is a new summer program for ICBVI that focuses on students who plan to attend some type of post-secondary schooling. It focuses on the unique issues that a blind or visually impaired transition student may encounter when preparing to attend a trade school, two year college or university.

Some areas that are addressed:

  • How to access the disability resource center at the school you’re attending
  • Orientation and Mobility on campuses
  • Taking advantage of your assistive technology for the college environment
  • Accessing your books in a timely manner
  • Tips from other successful past and present blind or visually impaired students
  • Successful note taking.


The Chicago Lighthouse
Youth Transition Services

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


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

Program Description:

The Chicago Lighthouse Youth Transition Program is formulated to serve blind or visually impaired youth between the ages of 14-24 both in-school and those who may not have completed their education and need to take the GED. The program serves over 100 people annually who reside in the city of Chicago and some surrounding suburbs.

The Transition Coordinator provides year-round individual attention to each participant in the program which focuses on career development and prepares and guides the participant through a successful journey into the workforce, vocational training or continuation into secondary education.


Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Transition Weekend

Toni Hughes
Director of Outreach and Related Services
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Phone: 317-253-1481, ext. 221
Email link:


Program Description:

Transition Weekend supports high school students and their families’ transition out of secondary school.

Evansville Association for the Blind
Summer College Program

500 North 2nd Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710-2355
Phone: 812-422-1181
Email link:


Program Description:

Summer College Program

Since 1969, students with disabilities have attended an on-campus summer program at the University of Evansville, which is presented by the Evansville Association for the Blind. This enables the individual to experience firsthand the rigors of college life which includes living in dormitories and completing course work. This six-week program begins the second Sunday of June and ends on the third Friday of July. During the first week of the program the student will attend valuable study skill sessions and have an opportunity to become oriented to the college environment. In the last five weeks of the program the student will attend the college classes selected from options offered by the University of Evansville.

Bosma Enterprises
Student Training and Employment Program

Melanie Wells
Phone: 888-567-3422

Program Description:

The Student Training and Employment Program (STEP) at Bosma Enterprises gives high school students who are blind or visually impaired an opportunity to develop valuable skills and learn the fundamentals of finding and keeping a job.

Bosma Enterprises, in partnership with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, offers a well-balanced schedule of classroom learning, work experience, and fun recreational activities.

The STEP program is open to high school students who are blind or visually impaired and:

  • Are Indiana residents.
  • Age 16-21.
  • Exhibit independent, age-appropriate self-help, daily living, and social interaction skills.
  • Commit to participate in one complete session.
  • Priority is given to students in their junior or senior year.
  • There may be a minimal cost to the students or family for some recreational activities.


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

Transition Specialists
Julie Aufdenkamp or Keri Osterhaus
800-362-2587 or 515-281-1333.


Program Description:

Youth Transition Program

The Iowa Department for the Blind begins working with blind and visually impaired youth as they prepare to graduate high school and transition into a career field.

At age 14, a youth becomes eligible for services by registering with a Transition Counselor in our Vocational Rehabilitation program. The youth and his or her parents work with the counselor to set academic and career goals and put a plan in motion to meet those goals. This often includes gaining work experience before graduating from high school and adopting good study habits to prepare for college, as well as learning self-advocacy and independence skills that help lead to success.

During the senior year in high school, the youth is transferred to a traditional Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to continue services and meeting goals.

Youth in the Transition Program can participate in a variety of weekend and summer programs. Through a variety of fun and interactive activities, participants discover the value of learning problem-solving and non-visual techniques and learn a more positive way to view themselves and their vision loss. As a result, these young people develop the independence they need to take charge of their own lives.

FUNdamentals Camp - IDB, Des Moines, Iowa

The emphasis of this camp is on interactive, fun learning with exposure to a wide range of employment and life skills. Students will acquire strategies for dealing with the job interview, potential employers and workplace cultures. They will have fun with old friends and new ones in Des Moines as we hit the streets to get a feel for traveling in unfamiliar places, visit employers, and enjoy local attractions. Check out public transportation, cooking for your friends and family, ways to earn money. Get ready for some great games and friendly competition!

Fall Retreat
Spring Retreat - March 15-17, 2013 - Location TBD

Both retreats will offer many exciting and interesting activities designed to help students obtain a successful career. Throughout the program, students will have an opportunity to explore career options, approach an employer, learn about employer needs, and create a plan for finding work experience in your community. There will also be many fun activities provided so that students have a chance to network with other youth at the retreat.

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

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

Program Description:

Families, students and professionals working together must plan for the most appropriate next environment for each student and develop plans to achieve the competencies necessary for success in the identified environment. Collaboration with community-based adult agencies and employers is also encouraged when developing and implementing transition plans. Successful transition from school to adult life requires assessment and instruction in all areas of the expanded core curriculum content areas, as well as, an understanding of the intended post-secondary outcome for the students’ futures.

Secondary transition begins at age 14 and includes all members of the IEP team. The student and family drive the direction of the goals and services by their vision for the student’s future. The student and parent are present and included in development of future goals. Necessary areas to address include working, living and learning. Transition planning must be based on assessment prior to the IEP. The Iowa Transition Assessment website is a resource for these assessments.


Kansas State School for the Blind
Transition Program

Cheryl Covell
913-281-3308, ext. 347


Program Description:

The Kansas State School for the Blind Transition Program is a comprehensive and individualized program that provides the skills and experiences to facilitate an effective transition from high school to adulthood and the world of work. The Transition program allows students to participate in graduation ceremonies in their local school and then come to Kansas State School for the Blind for this targeted training.

  • Career Education
  • Vocational Training
  • College Prep
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Assistive Technology Skills
  • Compensatory Skills
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Social Skills
  • Recreation and Leisure Skills


Kentucky Office for the Blind

Kentucky Office for the Blind
275 East Main Street
Frankfort KY 40621


Program Description:


The Kentucky Office for the Blind Transition Services support high school students and their families in planning for activities beyond high school such as post-secondary training, employment, and independent living. A seamless transition from school to work will contribute significantly to your vocational future, whatever vocational goal you choose.

The INSIGHT Program

This is a college preparatory program held annually at Morehead State University. It is a ten day program that includes a variety of activities and courses for college bound high school students. It is a collaboration between the Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, Big East Educational Cooperative, Morehead State University, Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, and the University of Louisville. The program is offered to students who have completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and is designed to give them a real world college experience and help them be more successful when they do attend college.

The Community Based Work Transition Program

If your student has a visual impairment, complicated by other significant disabilities, and plans to transition directly to work, the Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) may be available. CBWTP is available in some school districts in Kentucky, for students who require the assistance of a special job trainer or job coach to make a successful transition directly from school to the world of work. The goal of CBWTP is for each student to obtain a job in the most integrated setting prior to graduation, with the necessary supports in place to maintain that employment beyond high school.

Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment may be available in your area if your child needs long-term support to maintain work in a community setting. The support can be intensive depending upon his or her needs. Like any other employment service the goal of Supported Employment is to lead your child to employment independence. Working closely with you and your child, Office for the Blind will refer your child to the supported employment provider, develop a plan, and assist with achieving your vocational goal.

Kentucky School for the Blind World of Work Program

This is a program offered to students at the Kentucky School for the Blind. It is designed for students who plan on going directly to work after graduation from high school. Students develop work and social skills through a variety of activities. Students will develop resumes, interview with actual employers in the Louisville area, and work at job locations throughout the city. The skills, knowledge, and experience they gain will be used to help them reach their vocational goals.


Lighthouse Louisiana Transition Summer Camp

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



Program Description:

Lighthouse Louisiana's Transition Summer Camp is designed to prepare teens with visual impairments with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to successfully transition to life after high school. Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Certified Employment Support Professionals, and other credentialed staff members lead the camp's facilitation, which is open to young adults, ages 13-22 years old. Camp staff facilitates activities and lessons designed to address facets of the Expanded Core Curriculum, including Orientation and Mobility, Compensatory Skills, Career Exploration, Independent Living Skills, and more. Campers will also engage in work-based learning experiences, allowing them an opportunity to gain valuable feedback, develop concrete skills, and learn more about individual career interests.

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

Pam Allen, Director
101 South Trenton
Ruston, Louisiana 71270-4431
Phone: (800) 234-4166; (318) 251-2891
fax: (318) 251-0109

Program Description:

The Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP) Program is designed to introduce blind teenagers to positive blind role models and to provide participants with summer work experience. The 8 week summer program consists of two components. During the first part of the program, competent blind counselors will instruct the students in the alternative techniques of blindness. Classes in Braille, cane travel, computer literacy, and daily living skills will be taught by qualified blind instructors.

In addition, seminars will be conducted in the areas of job readiness, job interviewing skills, resume writing and job responsibilities. The second part of the program will continue all aspects of training and expand to include an employment dimension. Students will have the opportunity to work fifteen to twenty hours a week at a local business for which they will receive minimum wage. The staff will attempt to meet the job interests of the students. Instructors from the Louisiana Center for the Blind will be available to provide on-the-job assistance as needed. The combination of work experience and blindness-related skills--along with fun-filled activities such as cookouts, swimming, and various other outings--will foster self-confidence and independence in young blind teenagers.

Students will attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind. This exciting conference will allow them to meet thousands of competent blind people from across the country. The students will also have the chance to participate in a wide variety of informative seminars. At the close of the program, parents will be REQUIRED to attend a Parents’ Weekend which will enable them to discover how much their children have learned throughout the summer. The STEP program is designed to provide invaluable work experience, friendships, opportunities for personal growth, and cherished memories.

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

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana

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


University Transition Program

This program facilitates the transition into college and improves the likely hood of success in college. Affiliated Blind of Louisiana and The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, offer an opportunity for Blind, visually impaired, and low vision College-bound students to get their feet wet in college life and, at the same time, learn critical blindness related skills.

Students will learn about the UL campus, UL computing systems, Office for students with disabilities, Testing center, Dupre` Library and other important features of the University. At the same times, students will learn about adaptive technology, note taking strategies, and how to be a successful blind student. Just as important, students will learn critical life skills such as Orientation and Mobility, Budgeting/Money Management, Braille, Survival Cooking, and Clothing Care.

Duration of training is the length of the College Semester plus one to two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.


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

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


Program Description:

The Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired vocational rehabilitation services provides transition services to youth beginning at age 14 who are interested in both school to work and school to higher education with a heavy focus on employment, but each student is different and have his/her own individual plan for transition.


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

Loretta White, Director of Youth Programs
3345 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21227-1602
Phone: 410-737-2600

Program Description:

WINGS blind youth soar toward independence, success, and adulthood! WINGS is a specialized residential transition program for blind youth that teaches a combination of blindness-related skills and job seeking skills in a challenging (but FUN) environment. This comprehensive approach motivates these young people to build confidence in their abilities, gain self-sufficiency, set personal and employment goals, and take charge of their future.

Admission Criteria:

  • Legally Blind
  • Age 15 and Up
  • Note Taking/Reading Ability: Braille or Large Print
  • Possess Basic Daily Living Skills
  • Desire to be Independent
  • The Desire to be SUCCESSFUL!!

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind


Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has the LITE Program-Lighthouse Innovative Transition to Employment. There are two components to the LITE.

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has a year-round Transition Program where we serve youth from Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. We work with the local school districts, Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Program Description

Monthly workshops for teens during the academic year that build and culminate in an intensive three- week summer institute which includes a three-week paid internship. The goal of the LITE Program is to promote independence and equip teens with the skills that they need to succeed in higher education, professional work settings, and in their community. More importantly, students will gain the skills necessary for a smooth transition from student to independent adult. This will be accomplished through workshops, internships, the experience of living on the campus of Catholic American University for three weeks, and a strong focus on self-advocacy and independent living skills.

Maryland School for the Blind
Transition Program

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


Program Description:

The Maryland School for the Blind’s Transition Program assists students and their families as they prepare to leave school and move to:

  • Post-secondary education
  • Vocational training
  • Integrated employment (including supported employment)
  • Continuing adult education
  • Adult services
  • Independent living
  • Community participation

Transition planning begins at the age of 14 in Maryland. It is discussed at the student’s annual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings. As part of the transition process at The Maryland School for the Blind the student and family, along with his/her team, completes a Functional Life Plan (FLP) which helps create the focus for the student's education program based on skills, abilities, interests and dreams for the future.

Establishing linkages with adult funding agencies such as the Developmental Disabilities Administrations (DDA) and the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) is an integral part of transitioning and learning to navigate the adult service world. As students complete their educational entitlement they enter the adult service world of eligibility, where they will have to be deemed eligible for services based on agency guidelines and funding availability.

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

Massachusetts - Nevada


The Carroll Center
Youth in Transition

Carroll Center for the Blind
770 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459


Program Description:

This five-week residential summer program enables students ages 15-21 to strengthen organizational skills, personal and home management skills and community travel abilities through skills training, socialization and recreational opportunities. Students attend structured classes that include daily living skills, health management, career exploration, money management, technology, and travel options to name a few. Weekly field trips enable students to experience the best of Boston’s historic sites, beaches, museums and amusement parks. A variety of clubs, evening and weekend activities allow for socialization, leadership and increased confidence.

Real World of Work Experience

Week 1 provides mobility training, job readiness classes and a visit to your job site. For the remaining four weeks part-timework is available, visit other employment sites and join peers on field trips.

Students must have a photo ID, be age 16 or older, and have updated immunizations. They must have travel skills and be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Previous Youth in Transition Students are given priority in this program.

Transition to College

You have the academics; now get a taste of college life so you are prepared for the college experience. During the first two-weeks students will strengthen their technology skills. In weeks 3 and 4, students will fine tune their independent skills in travel, information management, and personal and home care. The remaining two-weeks will be spent living and learning on a private college campus partaking in orientation type seminars. Learn about dorm life, disability services, managing readers, ordering books, creating a safe social life and more. Students are required to bring a laptop computer or PDA to take notes and write documents. Eligible students must plan to graduate from high school in 2012 or 2013 or be current college students planning to live on a campus.

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

Perkins School for the Blind
Transition Services

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


Program Description:

Our transition programs give students with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences: exploring vocational possibilities, getting some job experience, expanding independence skills and self-reliance, and broadening their horizons.


Michigan Commission for the Blind
Summer Youth Program

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

Program Description:

The Michigan Commission for the Blind's Transition Services help students age 14 and over to successfully make the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment.

  • Student works with a team including a Michigan Commission for the Blind rehabilitation counselor, the student's parents, a teacher consultant, a social worker, a special education director, and possibly others to prepare an annual Individual Education Program (IEP) plan.
  • The plan includes details such as what classes will be taken the following year, extracurricular and volunteer activities, job shadowing, mentoring, work experience, and others. Additional details depend upon the student's goals. In addition to the IEP plan, MCB College Prep Transition Services include about 10 weeks of training in Kalamazoo, including two weeks living at the MCB Training Center, followed by eight weeks living at a nearby Western Michigan University dormitory.
  • The training includes a World of Work class at the training center, work experience at the nearby Goodwill Industries, and one class (chosen from several options) at Western Michigan University.
  • In addition to the IEP plan, Non-College Transition Services include vocational programs during the latter part of high school. These include job shadowing, pre-employment interviews, summer employment, an introduction to the Michigan Commission for the Blind Business Enterprise Program food service opportunities, and others. The student is ready for employment after graduating from high school.

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

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

Program Description:

The Independence 101 Summer Program will offer opportunities for both middle school and high school age students. Each group of students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living). Focusing on increasing functional learning skills, this program is designed to create an active learning environment for students entering grades 7-12.


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

2550 Peachtree St Ext
PO Box 5314
Jackson, MS 39296-5314
Phone: 601-987-7401
Fax: 601-987-7405
Toll Free: 800-443-1000


Program Description:

Students transitioning from school to work experience difficult vocational decisions. These career choices are among life's most difficult decisions and are especially so for students with disabilities. In order to make the process easier, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors work directly with school personnel, students and their families to assure that there is an integrated program of education and vocational training available to those students who are eligible for VR services to provide a seamless transition from school to work.

In addition to maintaining an Interagency Agreement with the Mississippi Department of Education, 173 Cooperative Agreements between local MDRS District Offices and local School Districts have been initiated by MDRS that clarify and define procedural guidelines and methods of working cooperatively to provide services to students with disabilities.

Examples of transition services, which are provided through direct service funds by forty-four (44) VR Counselors throughout the state, are:

  • Vocational-technical training,
  • Vocational evaluation, and
  • Work adjustment training and work experience programs.

These services may be available both on and off campus or at one of the seventeen (17) AbilityWorks near their school as a part of their school day.

Students served by the program are in their final year of high school or have attained age 18.


Alphapointe Association for the Blind

7501 Prospect
Kansas City, MO 64132
816-237-2019 (fax)

Shirley Baker


Program Description:

Student Transitional Employment Program (STEP)

Student Transition Employment Program (STEP)is an eight-week program that provides competitive work experience to, generally, high school aged youth. The goal is to provide each student with a foundation for the school-to-work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal-setting experiences as well as afford them the opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences and abilities at work; learning about work related behaviors; and self-advocacy.

College Preparatory Program (PREP)

The PREP Program is designed to increase the chances of success in college and ease the transition for individuals with visual impairment who are attending college for the first time. This program is designed for both blind and low vision individuals and for both first-time and older re-entry students. Case management is provided through a semester at a local-area college.

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

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

Program Description:

Missouri School for the Blind is pleased to offer MSB L.I.F.E., a unique educational program designed to facilitate a positive beginning to the world beyond traditional high school. Learning Independence From Experience is a community based transition program. MSB L.I.F.E. is offered in two-levels, designed to provide qualified students with the opportunity to continue their educational experiences in an age-appropriate simulated community setting. Each day, students will work in three areas of transition: Employment, Independent Living, and Education and Training, based on their IEP-driven transition goals. MSB L.I.F.E. allows students to learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized, supported community-based learning experiences. Participants learn and practice the skills necessary to live independently in a supervised apartment-style dormitory setting. Students work in the community, supported by a MSB Job Coach. Students are provided with opportunities to use newly-acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations which extend what is taught beyond the classroom into the community.

MSB L.I.F.E. Eligibility:

  • Students who are blind/visually impaired with mild to moderate additional disabilities.
  • Students seeking a Missouri high school diploma.
  • Students ages approximately 18-21.
  • Students who would benefit from additional skills in functional learning experiences in the home and community.
  • Students who plan on entering the workforce after graduation or additional programming

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

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


Program Description:

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) is a state agency that delivers free vocational rehabilitation transition services to blind or visually impaired youth (ages 14 and over) and their families statewide. The goal of RSB services is to assist blind or visually impaired youth and their families in the transition from high school to life in the adult world and, ultimately, the world of work. RSB staff will, at the request of the families or schools, attend Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with youth and families to help identify needs and how to meet those needs. RSB staff can supplement the youth's needs with services like college preparatory programs, mentoring with successful visually impaired or blind role models and career exploration. After graduation from high school, RSB can provide tuition support for college and vocational schools, training in computers and adaptive equipment, skills training in mobility, Braille, daily living activities and more!

RSB vocational rehabilitation services continue after high school for as long as needed to reach the consumer's goal of employment in a job that is consistent with their unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. RSB believes that consumer success in adult life starts with a good foundation in high school! The sooner we can start working with the youth and family, the better! RSB staff provide services in the home and will be happy to come to explain in more detail what we can do for your youth. RSB staff also provide children's services to visually impaired or blind children under age 14 and their families.


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

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

Program Description:

A video is available about the transition services of the website. Other useful Transition Links are provided below:

Montana School for the Blind
Visually Impaired Summer Skills Program

3911 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: 406-771-6000
Toll Free: 800-882-6732


Program Description:

The Visually Impaired Summer Skills Program is open to blind and visually impaired students, ages 9-16. Participants learn a wide range of living skills, which builds self-confidence. They cook their meals, do laundry, learn to sew, plan menus, shop, and use public transportation. They learn new orientation and mobility skills, which can dramatically increase their independence. They learn new communication skills, including Braille, JAWS - a computer program that reads information on the screen aloud - as well as other assistive technology. They play pool, and bowl, and overcome obstacles to living as other children do, all the while enjoying the company of other blind kids, which greatly


Nebraska Commission for the Blind
Transition Program

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


Program Description:

The coordination of services between NCBVI and schools ensures that students who are blind and visually impaired make a smooth transition from high school to adult life. The Nebraska Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired offers several programs for Blind and Visually Impaired Students: Wages, Winnerfest, Project Independence, Round Tuit and College Prep.

College Prep

This is an intense workshop specifically designed for high school seniors and college students who are visually impaired! They will focus on ADA information, how to access text books, hiring readers, and also have an opportunity to speak with other students with disabilities.

Work and Gain Experience in the Summer (WAGES)

Teenagers who are visually impaired gain practical work experience in career areas of their choice during a summer employment program, providing them with a more solid base for vocational planning. During this program participants will live at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Teenagers who are visually impaired from across the state participate in a semi-annual retreat. Activities focus on personal achievement, goal setting, communication and other life skills.

Project Independence

Children under the age of 14 who are blind and visually impaired think about career interests and practice alternative skills during this four-day summer program. This is a great way to involve younger people thinking about their career plans.

Round Tuit

This three-day summer program provides students who are blind and visually impaired and job seekers practical information and guidance regarding what it takes to get and keep a job.

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

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


Program Description:

Provides transition services to students who are blind or visually impaired.

New Hampshire - Oklahoma

New Hampshire

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

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


Program Description:

The Department of Vocation Rehabilitation/Department of Education supply a booklet on Transition Planning for transition age youth and their family members to prepare for work and adult life. It is disability generic.

NHVR Transition Internship

The NHVR Transition Internship for special education teachers and coordinators, transition coordinators, and other school staff is designed to provide district personnel an opportunity to work closely with their local VR office and transition counselors. The project is intended to provide teachers with information regarding the VR program and process, adult agencies and services, employers’ needs, labor market information, disability legislation, etc.

  • NHVR will be sponsoring six teacher internship positions in the state. Three graduate credits will be available through Keene State College for those who complete the program and related assignments. A total of 45 contact hours, plus some time for outside work, will be needed to dedicate to the program.
  • A three-day training will be held in Concord, with VR assisting with in state per diem, if necessary, to include mileage, lodging and meals. July 9-11, 2013 (15 hours)
  • Participants will spend time within the regional office observing the VR counselor and participating in field trips within the community. July 15-26, 2013 (30 hours)

For more information contact:
Angela Keef
21 S. Fruit Street Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-3804

New Jersey

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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

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


Program Description:

College Prep Experience Program

The College Prep Experience is an innovative summer program for CBVI high school students who are planning to attend college. This 6 week program is made possible through a partnership with Raritan Valley Community College, (RVCC). The program participants attend classes at RVCC while residing at the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) and upon completion earn five credits for transfer to the college or university of their choice. The College Experience Course which is collaboratively taught by a Raritan Valley faculty member and a Commission teacher of blind and visually impaired students provides a comprehensive overview of strategies for negotiating college life. Each student is also enrolled in a course of their choice selected from the RVCC Summer Course Catalogue and has an opportunity to participate in a SAT Prep Course.

Students participate in lessons related to communication skills, independent living, assistive technology, career exploration, independent travel, and business principals and protocols. Each week students also have group discussions and attend presentations on a variety of topics such as college life issues, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and career planning. Discussion panels include professionals from a variety of fields, current college students, business owners, and former CBVI consumers who are successfully employed. The program also includes recreational activities designed to promote social development and independence.

For more information on this program, contact Edward Sroczynski at 973-648-7504;

Work Skills Prep Program

The Work Skills Preparation Program at The College of New Jersey (WSP) is a 2-week residential summer program for CBVI high school students (ages 16 – 21) who may have additional disabilities such as Cognitive, developmental, hearing, or mobility impairments. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn and/or enhance their skills to transition from school to a successful adult life which includes achieving competitive employment.

The WSP utilizes a curriculum and activities designed expressly to meet the educational, vocational, and developmental needs of the program participants. Upon completion of the program, a written assessment is provided to support both the parents and schools inclusion of appropriate Transition goals in the student’s IEP.

Recommendations are made in the following assessment areas:

  • Job Site Experience & Job Sampling
  • Orientation and Mobility (travel skills)
  • Academics Self-Advocacy and Self Determination
  • Person-Centered Planning and Goal Mapping
  • Accessible Technology
  • Skills of Independence (ILS)

For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation Services contact:
John Walsh, Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at 973-648-3549 or e-mail:

New Mexico

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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


Program Description:

NMSBVI will also be running a pair of two week camps on the Alamogordo campus for visually impaired academic students ages 12-graduation. Independent living and technology will also be areas of focus during these camps, along with student specific classes in math (nemeth, abacus, adaptive equipment), science (SC2, adaptive equipment), braille, and Orientation & Mobility. The first camp will run in June and the second camp will run in July. Parents may request either the first or second camp; the program needed for the student will be a consideration as well. There is no cost for New Mexican students and a nominal cost for students living outside New Mexico. Applications and information are available on the website.

Please contact Ron Later (, 800-437-3505 #4478) for more information.

State of New Mexico Commission for the Blind
The STEP Program

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


Program Description:

The Commission works diligently to provide transition services for blind children and young adults, with the goal of enhancing the quantity and quality of their employment outcomes. The Commission has Memoranda of Understanding with the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Public Education Department, and the Department of Health, all of which are designed to enhance transition services. Reflecting the importance the Commission places on the education of all blind children, the Executive Director served on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Advisory Panel. In addition, a Commission Deputy Director served on the State Transition Coordinating Council.

The Students in Transition to Employment Program (STEP) provides blind students with a carefully monitored and quality employment training experience. Blind students have traditionally not had an opportunity to engage in such work training, depriving them of the important benefits of student employment. STEP served 54 blind students ranging in age from 14 to 21.

Acquiring a positive attitude about blindness is essential for a blind person to achieve the goal of becoming successfully employed. Therefore, STEP participants engaged in activities designed to reinforce blindness skills and to build self-confidence. The activities included hiking, horseback riding, going to movies, rock climbing, dining out, swimming, and trips to shopping malls. The students also participated in seminars and presentations from successful blind adult role models.

New York

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

57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 522-2122
Fax: (718) 935-9463


Program Description:

Pre-Vocational Training

Pre-vocational training for teens is a two-month training program that prepares visually impaired and blind teenagers (ages 14 to 21) for the world of work.

Sessions include evenings (pizza, soda, and snacks are provided) and two field trips. Activities and topics covered include career options, preparing a resume, going on an interview, social dos and don’ts, and finding a job. Field trips to work sites are included to provide participants with exposure to different careers and job settings. Past field trips have included visits to WPLJ Radio Station, New York City; the Supreme Court in Queens; Brookhaven National Laboratory—National Weather Service; and Anton Publishing in Mineola. Participants from previous programs have gone on to such positions as intern for a New York State Senator, junior press secretary for a New York State Assemblyman, veterinary assistant, and retail associate at Old Navy & Gap.

College Prep Program

The College Prep Program is a program aimed at high school students (10th through 12th grade) with visual impairments who are considering post-high school options. Classes are given year round, summer, and holidays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm (time is individualized depending upon the student).

The College Prep Program gives clients instruction in the following areas:

Personal growth & values

  • Life management
  • Learning styles
  • Personal and educational values
  • Maintaining health and reducing college stress
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Creative and visual thinking
  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Setting academic goals
  • Learning to learn
  • Working with readers and scribes

Academic information & strategies

  • College (offices, departments, services for the disabled student)
  • Instructor/student relations
  • Assertive and passive classroom behaviors
  • Class work, materials, textbooks, modalities
  • Reading and writing assignments
  • Note-taking principles, strategies, and techniques
  • Studying
  • Exam- and test-taking techniques
  • Research and writing
  • Oral presentations

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

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


Program Description:


Share two weeks of your summer with your peers!
Explore your vocational goals!
Learn strategies for college planning!
For juniors or seniors in high school with both a hearing loss and a vision loss, Helen Keller National Center offers a summer program which is exciting, educational and action packed two-week program. Students learn how to determine what they can do to accomplish their goals right now and after graduation.

This seminar is designed to offer information and practical experience to expand awareness, knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Share 2 weeks of your summer with your peers
  • Explore vocational options
  • Learn about apartment living
  • Learn from a mentor who is deaf-blind
  • Meet with leaders from the deaf-blind community
  • Access college and community supports and services
  • Learn how to fully participate in your IEP and transition planning
  • Explore options in adaptive technology and other communication aids and devices
  • Learn about self-determination and advocacy
  • Identify your optimal and preferred communication methods
  • Access interpreting and SSP services
  • Participate in an Orientation and Mobility evaluation
  • Cook a meal with your peers
  • Meet with a Low Vision specialist
  • Participate in an audiology evaluation
  • Leave with an action plan so you can follow-up upon returning to school.

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

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

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


Program Description:

The Columbia Summer Youth Transition Program

This transition program provides college orientation to up to 20 legally blind teens ages 14 through 18 for four consecutive weeks in July. The program takes place at two locations in New York City (Lighthouse International’s Manhattan headquarters, and the Columbia University campus) and consists of a cluster of rehabilitation, academic and recreational services which are age appropriate and consistent with the individual’s level of skill. The Lighthouse portion of the program provides the following services either individually or in a group:

  • orientation & mobility,
  • vision rehabilitation therapy,
  • computer training,
  • social work counseling,
  • career preparation,
  • physical education,
  • creative arts,
  • creative writing and drama.

During the Columbia portion of the program, youths reside in a residence hall and share a dorm room with one of their same sex peers. They are oriented to both their dormitory environment and campus facilities and are required to participate in rehabilitation services, which take place two nights a week.

Orientation and mobility and rehabilitation teaching are important components of the college dormitory experience and as indicated above, each student receives the level of mobility training which allows them to be safe in a new and unfamiliar environment. Rehabilitation teaching is provided to ensure that the instruction which occurred at the Lighthouse (personal grooming, clothing identification/selection, housekeeping and laundry skills) are followed through at Columbia University.

Recreational services are also provided each evening at either Columbia University or in the community and consumers selected from a menu of options to meet their recreational needs.

Special Needs Summer Youth Transition Program

The Special Needs Summer Youth Transition Program provides orientation to the world of work for youths ages 14 to 21. The program consists of a cluster of rehabilitation, pre-vocational skills training and recreational services, which are age appropriate and consistent with the individual's level of skill. The Manhattan based program operates from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday and provides the following services either individually or in a group:

  • orientation and mobility,
  • rehabilitation training,
  • computer training,
  • social work counseling,
  • career preparation and work activities center,
  • creative arts, drama and table games.

The Work Activities Center presents the students with a variety of assembly line and office tasks. Staff members assess how students work in a group, their comprehension of tasks, memory retention, physical abilities and interest in tasks. Through the WAC, a professional recommendation can be made about what type of work environment in which a student might achieve success. Community field trips offer exposure to different types of jobs and encourage interest development.

All participants are accompanied by Youth Counselors and volunteers. These escorts are there to provide sighted guide assistance, verbal commentary about the activity and/or surrounding environment and partnerships when the activity required interactive participation.

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

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


Program Description:

CBVH provides rehabilitation services to assist in the transition of youth from school to adult opportunities.

CBVH is responsible for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services for students who are legally blind, even if they may have additional disabilities.

The Commission's primary role with school-age youth is to provide consultation that may include:

  • Recommending assessments and assisting in the interpretation of results, if requested;
  • Providing information on resources in the area and assisting in identifying the need for involvement by other state agencies and service providers;
  • Providing assessments for in-school youth in order to meet the planning needs of CBVH;
  • Providing information on vocational rehabilitation services and outcomes;
  • Providing information to assist in the selection of suitable vocational goals;
  • Attending or providing input to Committee on Special Education meetings;
  • Providing services written into the student's Individualized Education Plan by the CSE with the direct involvement and agreement of CBVH.

Services provided by CBVH may include:

  • Rehabilitation teaching - outside of school hours, for application in the home.
  • Orientation and mobility - outside of school hours, for application in the home.
  • Low vision exams and devices.
  • Adaptive equipment for home use (total not to exceed $500/student/year).
  • Social casework services.
  • Summer youth employment and/or work experiences, which may include.
  • Job coaching.
  • Reimbursement to the employer for training expenses (wages).
  • A training stipend to the student to cover work related expenses (e.g. maintenance and transportation) when the student is not paid wages by the employer.

NOTE: CBVH policy places limitations on the provision of these services

CBVH will not take responsibility for services and assistive technology that the school district is mandated to provide. Once the student has an Individualized Plan for Employment (not before two years of exiting school), a wider array of rehabilitation services will be available. High tech assessment, training and equipment can be provided at that time if needed for application in a post-secondary setting, vocational training specific to the student's vocational goal, or placement for a job. New York State Transition Partnership Serving Youth who are deaf-blind is an interagency team formed to help youth with deaf-blindness to achieve positive outcomes as they transition out of school.

For more information:

North Carolina

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

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

Program Description:

By working with teachers and guidance counselors, our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors can provide specialized services to ensure you are able to go to work in the job of your choice. For help obtaining any of the services below, contact the DSB District Office nearest you.

Career Counseling

We can begin working with you as early as age 14 to help you explore the world of work and identify your career interests. Skill and educational requirements along with future job availability will be explored. Activities such as visiting employers where someone does the job that interests you, working side-by-side with someone in this career, or doing volunteer work can be helpful.

Summer Transition Programs

Summer Transition Programs are offered through our Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Raleigh, where they vary in scope. One program provides an opportunity to explore career interests as well as take specialized classes in areas such as Braille, safe travel, technology and daily living skills. Another offers paid work experiences. If you plan to attend college in the future, our College Prep program is designed to help college bound students prepare for life after high school. Referral to this program is through your transition counselor or rehabilitation counselor in your local District Office.

Vocational and College Training

Our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor can assist you in finding a school that will prepare you for your job goal. We can also help you to identify financial resources that might cover part or all of the costs of your training. This may include financial assistance from DSB. Your need for services such as readers or technology will be discussed and a counselor will work with you and the school to ensure your success.

Job Placement

When you are ready for work right after high school, we are ready to assist you with finding a job based on your interests and abilities. Our Counselors have knowledge of employers in your community, and will locate potential job openings for you. We may be able to arrange On-the-Job training with your employer. If you attend training after high school, we will begin working with you to find employment as you move towards graduation.

North Dakota

North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Summer Youth Employment

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

Russ Cusack
State Director


Program Description:

DVR serves a large number of transition students. Currently, 35% of the individuals served through DVR are 21 or younger at the time they applied for services. Of the 761 successfully employed through the agency, 237 were transition aged youth at the time of application for services.

DVR continued the Youth Summer Employment Program and awarded eight grants to North Dakota school districts and community rehabilitation agencies. As a result of the Youth Summer Employment Program, 59 students were able to explore employment options with the aid of supports. Of the total who received services through the Youth Summer Employment Grants.

The Summer Employment Program is designed to assist students entering their final year of high school with the opportunity for employment and to explore future employment options. The grants run from April to September each year.

North Dakota School for the Blind
Summer Transition Programs

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


Program Description:

High School Summer Camp or “Focus on Life” is for students in grades 7-12. The camp emphasizes recreation/leisure and vocational activities. The program is designed to cultivate interests in health, hobbies, and awareness of different occupational endeavors. Some examples of the pursuits of “Focus on Life” are: business lunch etiquette, occupational tours, local library tour, swimming, walking/running track, and book club. Other areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum are included such as Orientation and Mobility and Daily Living Skills. This program is an excellent way for visually impaired teens to practice the expanded core curriculum, make friends, and have fun!

The Vocational Independent Living and Learning Activities, or VILLA, is a program open to students who have completed their junior or senior year. This program is an opportunity to gain work experience and practice independent living skills. Teens who are visually impaired fill out an application, attend an interview. Two students are selected to be junior counselors for the Elementary Summer Camp. The junior counselors assist with the elementary students at the camp, attend classes on independent living, and plan activities for their leisure. VILLA’s goal is to provide a living and work experience for these young adults who can use the program to gain valuable work experience and build their resume.


Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)
VRP3 Transition Services

2200 West Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-742-0570, or 614-995-1161 TTY

Kimberly Snow, Coordinator

Program Description:

BSVI is the state agency that helps people with disabilities get and keep jobs. They help young people throughout Ohio with disabilities ages 14 to 22 transition from the classroom to a workplace or college. They work with families and schools to help youth become independent. Their website has information about pursuing education beyond high school and also how to obtain a job. Referral may be initiated by the local school district, the student, a family member or other community resource. Services may include counseling and guidance, vocational skills training, job placement assistance and help affording assistive technology.

VRP3 Transition Services

A partnering project between the OH Bureau of Services for the Blind, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Clovernook Center for the Blind to provide transition services in the Cincinnati area to youth between the ages of 14 and 22. Services include independent living, pre-employment and work experience.

Cleveland Sight Center

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


Program Description:

Cleveland Sight Center has 38 years of experience providing a summer transitional program for young adults who are blind or visually impaired. each summer we offer "Fundamentals for Success," a 6 week, residential full-day program of “pre-employment readiness training,” where clients spend a half-day learning skills that prepare them for the work place, and half the day at an internship that gives them actual work experience; in past years internships have included work with the Cleveland Indians and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Students also prepare their own meals in apartments that are located in our headquarters in Cleveland’s University Circle. The Center has helped scores of teenagers get their first summer job and feel the confidence that comes with a paycheck. The program includes:

  • A supervised Independent Living experience in onsite apartments at Cleveland Sight Center, located in the University Circle area, home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and other cultural institutions.
  • Activities of Daily Living skills training by certified Cleveland Sight Center vision rehabilitation professionals. One-on-one and small group instruction in Computer Technology, Communication, Orientation & Mobility, Career Exploration and Job Readiness.
  • Paid summer work experiences at various partner organizations. Recent partners have included the Cleveland Indians, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Food Bank and the Great Lakes Science Center.
  • Social and recreational activities in and around Cleveland. Because coordinating the many excellent resources can be an intimidating process, the agency will assign each student a Case Manager, who’s an experienced problem-solver. If there are questions, please call Sylvia Snyder at 216-658-8777.

Clovernook Center for the Blind

7000 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231

Cincinnati Association for the Blind

2045 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Ohio Transition Collaborative

This is a partnership of a number of organizations in Ohio including the Ohio School for the Blind, Goodwill of Miami Valley, Clovernook Center for the Blind, Cincinnati Association for the Blind, Rehabilitation Services Commission - Blind Services, OSU’s Nisonger Center, Vision and Vocational Services, and the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. The purpose is to provide counseling and Guidance, and access to resources around the state which will benefit students between 14 and 22 with vision impairments to obtain the services they need for success in post-secondary education and employment.


Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
DRS Transition from School to Work

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

Program Description:

Designed to assist students in finding careers and resources. Assists with transition from high school to post-secondary education and from school to work. Many local school districts assist in this effort through collaborations with their vocational career centers.

Oregon - South Carolina


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

535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 971-873-1588
Toll-Free: 888-202-5463
Fax: 503-234-6468
TTY: 971-673-1577


Program Description:

Students ages 16-21 come to Portland and Salem for a seven week Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). The Goals of the program are to promote work readiness, build confidence, and well…fun! Students get to live and work with friends, experience life away from home and earn money working 30-hours per week on a job-site. The rest of the time I spent learning independent living skills or participating in recreational activities such as:

Camping trips to Silver Creek Falls

  • Challenge courses
  • Hiking trips
  • Team building
  • Trips to various shopping malls
  • Visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Students must have the ability to live in a semi-independent living situation; the lack of significant work experience; the ability to benefit from a work experience program.


Overbrook School for the Blind
School to Work Program

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

School to Work Program
Robert Ashbridge, Coordinator


Program Description:

The School to Work Program is for students who are age 19 to 21. The Mission of the School-to-Work program is to prepare our young people to lead productive and satisfying adult lives to the best of their abilities upon graduation from Overbrook. This may be in various settings that can include a day program, supported work program, competitive employment and post-secondary education. The School to Work students work on concepts and skills to assist them with in becoming as independent as possible. Students are presented with classes focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments and real life situations.

Students receive instruction in areas of communication skills, social skills, daily living skills, vocational or work experience Skills, leisure/recreation skills and assistive technology. The students receive additional instruction in orientation and mobility, music, art, physical education. Each student follows their individual goals and objectives as outlined in their IEP and Transition Plan.

Students are also involved in a variety of sensory experiences to assist them with understanding and navigating their environment as independently as possible. They may travel within the community to purchase materials for use in other class activities like snack prep and may go out to lunch to use money skills, travel skills, and social skills. In addition to their classes, students are provided with a variety of activities to develop into well rounded adults. Some activities include possible involvement in our sports programs, choir, bell choir, mixed ensemble, student council, clubs, and dances.

It is the School to Work Program’s belief that we work together as partners the students, their families, school districts and other adult based agencies to provide a complete education for every student. Coordinator: Bob Ashbridge, ext. 249.

Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
IDEAL Program

100 W. 15th St.
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 610-874-1476
Fax: 610-874-6454

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

Program Description:

CBVI’s IDEAL Transition Program (Individual Development Through Experience, Assessment and Learning) is designed to assist blind and visually impaired students in making a smooth and successful transition from the safe, secure, and structured high school environment to the complex opportunities and risks of adult living, college life, or the workplace. Services blind and visually impaired students ages 15 through 21. IDEAL is a summer residential program which offers full days of classes and other activities in group and individual settings. Participants may choose a college oriented or employment directed curriculum. The IDEAL staff conducts an assessment of each student’s abilities, skills, and interests, and designs an individualized program for the student to strengthen existing skills and acquire necessary new proficiencies.

Transitioning from high school to college or to the adult work world proves difficult for many young people. For adolescents with visual impairment or blindness, this transition involves even greater challenges. College bound blind and visually impaired students need to move forward on firm footing. These academically oriented students require independent living skills appropriate for a dormitory, orientation and mobility expertise, study and organizational skills, and computer/technology proficiency. Blind and visually impaired students entering the work force also need skills for independent living and travel.

Additionally, work oriented students need to exhibit confidence in interviewing for a job, writing a resume, and preparing job applications, and must have work related technology skills, and a well-developed work ethic in place. At the conclusion of the summer program, the staff invites family members, counselors, educators, and other advocates to meet with each participant to discuss his or her progress during the program. At this meeting, the group develops plans and recommendations geared towards facilitating an effective transition into college life or the workplace for the students.

Rhode Island

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

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


Program Description:

The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.

Transition services are activities and supports designed to help the student to identify his/her interests and strengths so that they can work on the skills needed to be successful in employment and adult living. These services are provided by schools, families, community members, and agency providers. Students set goals, develop a plan to meet the goals, and participate in transition services to begin their preparation for life after high school.

South Dakota - Wyoming

South Carolina

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

1430 Confederate Avenue
Columbia, S.C. 29202
Phone: 803-898-8731 or 800-922-2222 (Toll Free)
Fax: 803-898-8852


Program Description:

Through the transition demonstration project, funded by RSA, South Carolina developed the Youth Employment Services (YES) Program Participant Profile for students. It serves as a student-driven transition assessment tool and includes questions applicable to young adults, who often have limited work experience and few readily apparent transferable skills. VR staff complete the Profile when determining service needs, and can come back and revisit questions periodically as needed (for example, if the young adult’s vocational objective changes…which can happen frequently). The Profile covers four domains:

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Vocational and
  • Work History

Examples of Profile questions include:

  • How was the Profile information collected? Identify everyone whose information went into developing it.
  • Does the client qualify for free/reduced school lunches? (This and several other questions are required for grant reporting purposes.)
  • What are their skills, abilities, talents and interests?
  • What are their vocational interests?
  • What is their knowledge of job search fundamentals?
  • Have they had any work experience?

South Carolina VR has been using the YES Participant Profile for four years now within the YES program, and has since moved it online as part of the CMS program. The process is similar to Discovery, and includes spending time (over the course of a couple of meetings) talking to the student to develop a vocational objective. It takes more time than the process it replaced and counselors are adjusting, but it results in realistic vocational objectives based on things the students can achieve and are interested in. It also helps students develop higher expectations for themselves. Too often, young adults with disabilities have experienced a number of challenges in their lives and transition services are intended to set them up to succeed. The Profile helps counselors identify good matches for careers. It ensures decisions are based on reliable information from a variety of sources, and that crucial aspects such as interests, educational requirements, and the likely work environment are taken into account.

South Dakota

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

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

Program Description:

The SBVI Vocational Rehabilitation Program partners with the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) to create job opportunities and other activities designed to assist youth with disabilities to move from high school into the world of work or post-secondary school. The Youth Leadership Forum has proven to be a unique career and leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors. Below are a few links to the TSLP website. Please feel free to contact your vocational rehabilitation counselor for more information.


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

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

Program Description:

There were no transition services identified by the Tennessee Department of Vocation Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind.

The Board of Education, Special Education Department provides transition services focusing on work after high school. Disability Generic, but work with blind students.
Transitional Services From School to Work, Carter County Board of Education Special Education Department
Transitional Services From School to Work, Central High, School Vocational --Blountville
Transitional Services From School to Work, David Crockett High School -- Jonesborough
Transitional Services From School to Work, Greeneville/Greene County Educational Center
Transitional Services From School to Work, Johnson City Schools
Transitional Services From School to Work, TN Vocational Training Center -- Elizabethton


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

1100 W. 45th St.
Austin, TX 78756


Program Description:

EXIT (Experiences in Transition)

Designed to focus on transitioning young adults from school to the adult world. This course of study will provide programming for Practical Academic students ages 18-22 in an environment that more closely replicates the adult environment in which they will be living. The EXIT program focuses on these areas of transition: personal management; housing/household management; adult leisure, recreation and fitness; physical and mental health needs; transportation; employment; post-secondary education; and age of majority. Also included will be instruction in social skills and self-determination skills.

Comprehensive Program

  • Provides a comprehensive core curriculum and training in skills for independence to meet the needs of each student during the regular school year.
  • Special focus on the expanded core curriculum:
  • Braille and other modes to access the general curriculum:
    • orientation and mobility
    • assistive technology
    • career education
    • independent living skills
    • recreation and leisure
    • self-determination
    • sensory efficiency
    • social interaction skills
  • Opportunity for coursework in Austin ISD schools.
  • On-campus residential living skills training.
  • Weekends home transportation.
  • A full array of recreational and competitive extracurricular activities including drama, art, musical performance, student council, track and field, wrestling, goal ball, swim team, rowing and tandem biking.
  • Strong emphasis on successful transition to adult life.

Post-Secondary Program

This program, offered in partnership with the Texas Commission for the Blind, provides training for students who are legally blind and have a regular State Board of Education high school diploma or GED. Students seeking this post-secondary experience are in need of remedial academic, independent living and work-related skills training. They will cultivate the skills, attitudes and opportunities necessary to meet the demands of competitive employment and adult living.

Special Areas - Instruction is also available in expanded core curricular areas, such as:

  • Compensatory Skills - Braille and Adapted Mathematics
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Recreation/Leisure Skills
  • Social Interaction Skills
  • Career Education
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Technology
  • Visual Efficiency Skills

These learning experiences are included in regular classroom activities and/or specifically designed instruction.


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

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

Program Description:

Utah’s transition program provides year-round transition services to high school students age 17 and provides these services up to age 30. Services include college preparation, employment and career preparation and assistive technology training. The full-time transition coordinator also helps students find part-time jobs during transition services.


Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Student Transition

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:


Program Description:

The Vermont state agency works in partnership with 20 organizations and resources from around the country to provide transition services to its transition age students. Some include:


The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind


Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has the LITE Program-Lighthouse Innovative Transition to Employment. There are two components to the LITE.

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has a year-round Transition Program where we serve youth from Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. We work with the local school districts, Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Program Description

Monthly workshops for teens during the academic year that build and culminate in an intensive three- week summer institute which includes a three-week paid internship. The goal of the LITE Program is to promote independence and equip teens with the skills that they need to succeed in higher education, professional work settings, and in their community. More importantly, students will gain the skills necessary for a smooth transition from student to independent adult. This will be accomplished through workshops, internships, the experience of living on the campus of Catholic American University for three weeks, and a strong focus on self-advocacy and independent living skills.

Virginia Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired
All Aboard

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

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


Program Description:

The Summer Transition program provides approximately 11 teens age 14-19 for a week in the summer of 2012 that incorporated:

  • Career related issues including an interest inventory and related discussion,
  • job application completion issues,
  • interviewing skills to include mock interviews,
  • job site visits with vision impaired individuals in the work place,
  • college application and awareness topics,
  • bullying,
  • appropriate dressing and hygiene,
  • table skills and manners,
  • independent travel skills, as well as
  • fun activities like horseback riding.

They also learned to work as part of a team as we did team building and they fixed lunches together. This was a way for students to feel comfortable being more independent.


Washington Department of Services for the Blind
Summer Transition Programs

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


Program Description:

Age 9 to 13
Summer Camp for Independent Living Skills (SCILS)

  • One-week program on campus.
  • Focuses on Orientation & Mobility (O&M), self-care, social skills, career development, and leisure and recreation.

Age 14 to 15
Washington State School for the Blind's
Youth Employment Solutions I (YES I)

  • Two-week program for students.
  • Offers career exploration activities that include—career interest and aptitude assessments, worksite visitations, guest speakers, mock applications and interviews and resume development.
  • Includes recreational and daily living experiences as well as participation in community service projects during the second week of the program.
  • Provides students who return for a second year of YES I a total of 3 to 5 job shadow experiences.

Age 16 to High-School Graduation
Youth Employment Solutions II (YES II)

  • Six-week program for high school students.
  • Offers students five weeks of paid work experience based on student interests, experience and ability.
  • Assists in assembling a career education portfolio complete with information on post-high-school services that offer vocational counseling and guidance.
  • Includes a residential living experience that provides students the opportunity to refine their daily living skills, such as planning, purchasing and preparing meals, and maintaining their own personal effects and common living quarters at the YES residence.
  • Teaches public transportation techniques for travel to worksites.
  • Encourages participation in community social and recreational activities.

After High-School Graduation
Bridge Program for Transition from High School to College

  • Five-week summer session at Eastern Washington University (EWU).
  • Prepares student for the college he/she will enter in the fall.
  • Provides experience away from home, living in a dorm.
  • Consists of courses on college life, study and social skills, and independence as well as opportunities for field trips, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) lessons, tours of the campus, and recreation.
  • Includes student’s participation in one 5-credit university course of their choosing from the available summer session at EWU.

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

West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Transition Program

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


Program Description:

This transition program works with the schools with students ages 16, 17 and 18 with all disabilities, but it provides a vocational rehabilitation counselor with training in blindness and visual impairment for those students who are blind or visually impaired. It programs transition services both in the areas from school to work and school to higher education based on the students interests and readiness.

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


Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI)

Complete information on the resources and services offered by the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI) can be found at

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides leadership and discretionary funding for a statewide systems change grant titled: the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI). The primary purpose of this project is to assist local school districts in meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, which includes achieving 100% compliance with Indicator #13 as well as implementing effective transition practice strategies. The Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (WSTI) provides comprehensive transition support services, information dissemination, and personal development for parents, youth, educators, and community agency professionals throughout Wisconsin.

No specific services were found for blind youth.


Wyoming Department of Education
Transition Services

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


Program Description:

Provides transition services to students who are blind or visually impaired beginning at age 16. Invites all appropriates agencies involved with the student to participate in IEP meetings.

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
National Alliance of Blind Students Affiliate

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

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
(502) 899-2274 fax

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

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

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

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

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

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
(617) 972-7444 fax
Web: (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

NFB - Youth-Slam - 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) 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 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

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