The purpose of all vocational assessments is to identify strengths, needs, and interests in determining appropriate work experiences for students in Campus and Community Programs as well as future planning. These assessments lead to opportunities for work experiences and jobs that become part of the resume/portfolio for transitioning to adult life.
At Perkins School for the Blind, Vocational Assessments are conducted in the Deafblind Program, Secondary and Community Programs (Outreach and Transition to Life Cooperative). Each program includes a team of professionals who conduct relevant vocational assessments that guide the work experience program of students and contribute to the transition planning and portfolio as students graduate and move to the next environment.
The following assessment instruments are used across campus as part of the individualized work experience planning, program development as well as transition planning.
Independent Living Skills Assessment (conducted in cottages)
Accuplacer (Normed Academic Test for entrance into community college)
Learning Media Assessment
Vocational Teachers, Transition Specialists, Job Developers and Job Coaches are available to provide educational team considerations for students who receive evaluations from the Perkins Evaluation Department. These considerations are best provided as a consultative service based on the findings of the Perkins evaluation team.
Comprehensive Assessment Tools
Following is a resource list of assessment tools that can be considered in a comprehensive package that addresses vocational and transition planning and program development. These tools address learning potential and achievement, sensory and motor skills, emotional and adaptive behavior, vocational interest, individual characteristics (profile), self-determination, and independent living and transition planning. In addition to the Vocational Assessments listed above, the following tools may also be part of a comprehensive assessment: