People who are blind or have low vision, with the right training and accommodations, can do any job that fits their particular interests, skills and abilities.
We are experts in providing services and assisting people who are blind or have low vision develop the skills to help them find or keep employment. Our counselors and staff:
- Assist participants in exploring a wide range of possibilities for employment.
- Empower and teach participants to educate themselves about careers and the job market.
- Help participants identify what tools or skills they may need to prepare for the career of their choice.
- Support and encourage participants as they learn skills to overcome barriers, regain self-confidence and obtain or maintain employment.
Learn more about how vocational rehabilitation can help you find or keep employment.
Adaptive Skills/Skills of Blindness Training
People who are blind and have low vision use adaptive techniques and skills to accommodate vision loss. These "skills of blindness" include using Braille and specialized computer software, traveling with a white cane, and cooking, cleaning and sewing techniques. Adaptive skills enable people with vision loss to be independent and successful in the home, in school, on the job, and in their communities.
Our team of Counselors, Rehab Teachers and Low Vision Specialists:
- Provide counseling regarding living and/or working with vision loss.
- Determine what skills, technology and resources you can use to help maximize your strengths.
- Provide information on national, state, or community resources.
- Teach adaptive skills for reading and writing, home management, and the ability to get from place to place.
- Recommend adaptive devices for use at home, in the community, and/or on the job.
DSB’s AT Specialists help people who are blind or visually impaired acquire and use appropriate AT to help them participate in activities of daily living, employment and education.
DSB participants, along with their teams of VRCs, Rehab Techs, Rehab Teachers and Low Vision Specialists, and AT Specialists, decide which type of assistive technology would be most helpful for the participant’s career goals. The team is trained to match particular technologies to specific needs to help the person function better or more independently. Our AT Specialists
- Offer with assistance in the selection, acquisition, and use of assistive technology devices
- Provide training or technical assistance
- Our AT Specialists also stay up to date on the latest products on the market that will benefit their participants.
Examples of typical AT devices or accommodations for someone who is blind or has low vision are:
- Software to magnify a computer-screen view or to have what appears on the computer screen voiced or Brailled
- Handheld or desktop electronic magnifiers to see small print
- Devices to scan and voice a printed document, flier, or book
- Changes in lighting to reduce glare or increase visibility
- Adjustments to a workstation layout to improve workflow & ergonomics
Visit our Assistive Technology page for more information.
The Department of Services for the Blind's Independent Living (IL) Services can help participants who are not interested in returning to work, find the right combination of AT aids, devices, and accommodations to help them regain the desired level of independence in their homes or communities. Learn more about DSB Independent Living Services and available aids and devices.
Transition Services (Age 14 to 21)
DSB Transition Services help students, as young as age 14, and their families think about and plan for life after high school. DSB counselors assist with this transition by:
- Consulting on the student’s vocational activities including part-time employment and internships
- Participating in Individual Education Plan meetings
- Providing information regarding our services for adults, including job counseling and training in the adaptive skills of blindness
- Working in collaboration with students, parents, and school staff on post-school activities
Until the student is 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian will sign to authorize services. Parental involvement and support is very important, especially in the early part of the process. Our goal is to move the student toward greater independence. Parents and students are asked to attend meetings with the DSB counselor and school staff to work in collaboration on post-school activities.
Young people can receive services as long as necessary, depending on the individual needs of the participant. Once the student has reached the age of 18, he/she can continue to receive services in:
- Job Counseling and Placement
- Skills of Blindness Training
- Assistive Technology