It’s never too early to start preparing your child for the world of work. Even at a young age, children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or have multiple disabilities can contribute at home and in the community, performing small tasks and taking on responsibilities. Because these students miss out on opportunities for incidental learning that their sighted peers enjoy, they must learn about jobs and careers through direct, sequential instruction. Parents and caregivers can encourage work skill development by assigning chores and exposing their child to the concept of jobs during regular everyday activities.
In this hour-long webinar with Denise Fitzgerald and Karen McCormack you will learn:
How to step back and promote independence at home and in the community
Ideas for development of social skills that will increase opportunities to engage meaningfully with others
Ways of teaching your child about different jobs during everyday activities like grocery shopping
Strategies for assigning chores to your child that instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment
Critical skills that will help your child maximize his or her talents in a work setting
Denise Fitzgerald, Transition Services Director
Denise Fitzgerald, M.Ed., is the director of transition services at Perkins School for the Blind. She has experience working as a classroom teacher, transition coordinator, supervisor of the three-week Preparing for Transition skills program, and case manager for Perkins’ Secondary Program.
Karen McCormack, Job Developer
As the job developer for Educational Programs at Perkins School for the Blind, Karen McCormack identifies and develops work-based learning opportunities for students ages 15 to 22. She also recruits employers for the annual Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairments. Prior to coming to Perkins, Karen worked for over 15 years in adult day programs, serving in a variety of roles.