Junior Blind's Transition & Rehabilitation Program is designed to help teens and young adults identify areas of career interest and successfully transition to college or the workforce. In addition to learning skills for independent living, students develop work-readiness skills through group seminars and workshops in their area.
Who We Serve
The Transition & Rehabilitation Program serves both young adults, ages 16-22, and adults 22 and older, who are blind or visually impaired and seeking advancement in their careers, education and enhancement of life skills.
Highly-experienced educators work with community employers, professionals and academics to provide students with hands-on training, preparation and support.
- Leadership development
- Career, college and financial aid exploration and presentations
- College campus tours including meetings with access counselors
- Informational interviews with successful professionals who are blind or visually impaired
- Real-world work experience through internship opportunities and/or job shadowing
- Assistive technology training to help students become proficient at navigating the Internet, using email and completing assignments
- Braille-Low Vision Literacy support
- Route planning and safe travel
- Independent living skills development to support students' self-care needs
- Support to develop self-advocacy skills
- Social skills development
*Not all features are available in all geographic areas.
Junior Blind offers workshops in Northern and Central California.
Participation in DOR sponsored Junior Blind workshops and residential programs are at the discretion of, and require approval from, Rehabilitation Counseling staff prior to attendance.
Students may be referred by the Department of Rehabilitation, a family member, a healthcare or blindness professional or a school district. To find out when we will be in your area, please contact Richard Rueda, Director of Transition Services at (510) 926-9837.