ERIC Number: EJ1017632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Working toward Employment: Preparing for Tomorrow and Beyond
Erin, Jane N.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v107 n6 p523-524 Nov-Dec 2013
In this Special Issue on Transition and Employment of the "Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness" ("JVIB"), three practice contributions provide eloquent examples of how young people and older adults have learned to recognize their own changing work abilities and opportunities, thanks in part to support from professionals. In the first example, two professionals from Australia, Natalie Kaine and Rebecca Kent, have provided a foundation for career learning among younger children with visual impairments. Their Practice Perspectives article, "Activities to Encourage Employability Skills in Middle Childhood," describes a program for children with visual impairments aged 6 to 14 that is designed to help the children recognize various job roles and identify their own personal strengths and interests. The program created a context for future development of career goals, and the authors provide examples of activities and outcomes that will establish expectations of future work, even among young children. The next Practice Perspectives article comes from Kansas, entitled "A Team Approach for the Transition to Middle School and beyond for a Young Man Who Is Deafblind and Gifted," where Craig Philips, Jeri Hiles, and Traci Jardes relate their experiences as professionals who worked with a young man with unique learning capabilities and needs. The authors offer detailed examples of the variety of technology and services the student needed to assure a smooth transition through high school. The final Practice Report was featured earlier in this issue entitled "Maine's Employability Skills Program," by John McMahon, Karen Wolffe, Judy Wolfe, and Carrie Brooker, reminds us that learning about careers and personal capabilities is just as critical for older adults who are revising their career goals as it is for young people who have not yet entered the workforce. The combination of peer support, employer contact, professional training, and skill development created a structure that addressed the abilities and interests of participants. This issue's practice features are real-life reminders that planning and attention to individual abilities can result in new learning for children and new jobs for adults. Preparation for work is a lifelong endeavor. No matter what the age of the learner, individuals can advance in understanding how their own strengths can lead to an occupation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Visual Impairments, Employment Potential, Youth, Employment Opportunities, Gifted, Deaf Blind, Individual Needs, Older Adults
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