For parents and teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired, preparing for the transition to adulthood is a challenging process that requires research, support and quite a bit of planning.
A new website from Perkins eLearning can help. Paths to Transition offers guidelines, activities and resources for teachers, family members and counselors of students preparing for life after school.
“At Perkins, our staff has a wealth of experience in everything related to transition,” said Betsy McGinnity, director of Training and Educational Resources. “Paths to Transition is a place for us to share that knowledge and help more students become successful, happy adults.”
The site offers expert guidance on preparing for employment, post-secondary education and independent living. Visitors can discover how to create a transition portfolio, review tips on visiting college campuses and research housing options in Massachusetts for people with disabilities. A collection of activities shows creative ways to incorporate work and independent living skills into students’ daily routines, whether they are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with additional disabilities.
Content on the site reflects a range of voices and experiences. A diverse team of bloggers includes a parent advocate, a transition specialist and a college student who is deafblind. Parents and teachers are encouraged to share activities and ideas with the website’s community by logging on.
“We want the Paths to Transition space to be interactive and supportive as well as informative,” said McGinnity. “It takes a whole community to ensure a successful transition for youth with visual impairments – and this site is an extension of that community.”
Paths to Transition was built with support from the Gibney Family and William M. Wood Foundations.