Junior Blind's Student Transition & Enrichment Program (STEP) 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
STEP serves young adults, ages 16-22, who are blind or visually impaired and seeking advancement in their careers or education.
Highly-experienced STEP educators work with community employers, professionals and academics to provide students with hands-on training, preparation and support.
- Career and college exploration and research
- On-site college campus tours and meetings with access counselors
- Resume writing, interviewing and interpersonal skills development
- Real-world work experience through internship opportunities that reflect the student's strengths, interests and career goals
- Braille-Low Vision Literacy instruction
- Orientation and Mobility instruction to learn how to travel safely, including independent travel to and from internships sites
- Independent living skills instruction to support students' self-care needs
- Assistive technology training to help students become proficient at navigating the Internet, using email and completing school and work assignments
- Support counseling to develop self-advocacy skills
Junior Blind offers workshops in Northern and Central California through its STEP Mobile Learning Program. STEP's residential summer sessions and weekend workshops are located on Junior Blind's Los Angeles campus. For more information about these, please click here.
A STEP student 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.