What’s Next for High School Graduates with Blindness?

High School Graduation; A Time to Celebrate and a Time To Look Toward the Future

What does high school graduation mean for students who have a visual impairment or blindness?

Key Takeaways

  • Students with blindness have various post-graduation options, including going to a university, a technical/trade school, and joining the workforce.
  • Having a transition plan helps graduates with blindness get on the path to achieving their goals.
  • Finding the right path after graduation can take time and change along the way, and that’s okay!
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What Options Exist for Graduates with Blindness or a Visual Impairment?

Higher Education

Colleges, universities, and technical programs must provide reasonable accommodation. The only difference is you no longer need an IEP; you’re now your own advocate. Thankfully, the law is on your side. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were created to ensure that all persons have equal access to public and private opportunities like furthering one’s education.

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Joining the Workforce

Ready to get a jump on your career? Joining the workforce after graduation is another common option that might be right for you. If you’re interested in a specific company or role, do some research. Further digging can reveal a company or position that aligns with your goals and values. And don’t be afraid to ask others to help with the research. Counselors, family, and friends may provide valuable insight or have a helpful contact. On-the-job training is available and appealing for many recent graduates. By law, employers must also provide reasonable accommodation to their employees. The Job Accommodation Network is an excellent resource for both employers and employees.

Your Future Is Up To You

Finding the path that is right for you can take some time. Graduates with blindness can contact a local resource like Lighthouse for the Blind or the Division of Blind Services. These services are a great way to explore the possibilities for your future.

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